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Sample Town Ordinances

All ordinances and resolutions here provided are samples.  The content of each is provided as an example and is intended to be modified and adapted to meet the specific needs of the user.  No sample ordinance or resolution should be used without prior careful review.  In particular, case law and legislative changes can substantially impact a pre-existing sample.  WTA always recommends that any draft ordinance or resolution is reviewed by the town attorney prior to adoption.

Town Law Forms

Link above to the vast majority of sample town ordinances and resolutions available.  After the link click on "(Click for list of forms)" in the upper middle of the page.  Each sample ordinance or resolution is listed in descending order of its respective statutory reference.  E.g., if you are looking for a sample official oath of office per Wis. Stat. s. 19.01(1), scroll down the list until you see that sample.  Thanks to the Legislative Reference Bureau for hosting the forms.

Other Samples:

New Board of Review Laws

Sample Ordinance to Establish Procedures and Criteria for Allowing Alternative Forms of Sworn Testimony at  Board of Review (BOR) Hearings.
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Implements of Husbandry (IOH)

Please CLICK HERE for a link to Executive Director Rick Stadelman's June WTA magazine article on the New IOH (Implements of Husbandry) Law Overview.

A table showing a summary of the various options that municipalities and counties (these are the Maintaining Authorities under the new law) have regarding the length and weight of IOHs on highways under their jurisdiction can be found if you CLICK HERE.

Sample ordinances for each of the four options (note that Option A and Option F do not require an ordinance) that require an ordinance are attached here:

Option B Total Opt-Out of any IOH Length or Weight Limits;

Option C Partial Opt-Out I of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) on all highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option D Partial Opt-Out II of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) onspecified highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option E Opt-In which requires Category B and all IOH/Ag CMVs to follow the new IOH weight table under the new law.

Also please CLICK HERE to view the new IOH/Ag CMV table (which provides for a 15% increase per axle and gross weight). This table is what now controls for IOH/Ag CMV, on unposted highways, unless Option B, C, D, or E are adopted. 

The Standard Application for a No-Fee Permit from Local Governments can be accessed at the Wis. DOT website at: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/business/ag/index.htm

Additional information on the new law is also available at this DOT website.

Sample Maintenance Assessment Contract - Dept. of Revenue.

Levy Limit Law for 2014

Mobile (Cell) Tower Siting Ordinance Sample:

CLICK HERE for a sample ordinance for Wis. Stat. s. 66.0404 to review with your municipal attorney.

Sample Ordinance to extend town officer terms for an extra week due to recent election law changes:

CLICK HERE for the sample ordinance to extend town officer terms for an extra week as necessary due to recent changes to election law.  The ordinance's legal authority is 2011 Wisconsin Act 115.

Grievance Procedure Information & Samples

The Budget Repair Bill, or 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, created the new requirement in
s. 66.0509(1m) that each local governmental unit in the state must adopt an employee grievance procedure by October 1st, 2011 if the local governmental unit did not already have something equivalent in place last June 29th. Please click on each of the items below to see the information and samples:

Analysis and samples from the League of Municipalities (WTA thanks the League for permitting us to also link to their materials. For another take on the subject, read this article by Attorney Nancy Pirkey and Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC. The article contains a link at its top for samples too.)

Sign Retroreflectivity Samples and Info

CLICK HERE for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation guidebook

CLICK HERE for a more extensive toolkit by Minnesota on these federal regulations that contains extensive samples.


DNR Info on Outdoor Wood Boilers

The DNR would like to bring to your attention a new page on the Department of Health Services internet site on Outdoor Wood Boilers. See:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/Air/OWBOrdinanceReport.htm. The intended audience is municipalities considering Outside Wood Boilers or smoke ordinances. The page briefly frames the issue, discusses why ordinances may be of interest, and includes a compiled list of Wisconsin municipalities that, based on our review, have existing Outside Wood Boilers or wood smoke-related ordinances.