CHAPTER 3-1-4

 

ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING FIRE PROTECTION CHARGES

 

 

It is hereby ordained by the Town Board of the Town of Barnes, Bayfield County, Wisconsin as follows:

 

 

Section 1 Authority: This ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority granted town boards under s. 6055 (2)(b), Wis Statutes which allows towns to recover the cost of fire calls made to property within the town.

 

Section 2 Liability for Fire Protection Costs: The Town of Barnes, Bayfield County, Wisconsin, hereby imposes a charge for each fire call made within the limits of the Town of Barnes. Violation of this ordinance shall be in accordance with the schedule of deposit, which are now in existence and as may be amended from time to time in the future, plus any applicable assessments, costs, fees and penalty enhances now in force in the Bayfield County Circuit Court, or as enforced in the future. Such fee shall not exceed the actual cost to the Town for the fire call. If the call is to real estate located within the Town, the charges shall be imposed on all owners of real estate to which the particular fire call is made. In the event that a fire call is not made to real estate located within the Town, but is instead made to personal property, such as a vehicle, the charges provided for under this ordinance shall be imposed on all owners of such personal property.

 

Section 3 Payment of Fire Call Fee: The fire call charges provided for in this ordinance shall be paid in full to the Clerk of the Town of Barnes, no later than 60 days after the date of the particular fire call. The failure to pay the bill within 60 days will result in interest being charged at the rate of 1 percent per month from the date of the bill. Those bills for fire calls to real estate, including interest, that remain outstanding for more than 90 days as of November 1st of any year shall become a lien against the real estate and shall be placed on the tax roll as a delinquent special charge under s 66.0627, Wis. Stat.

 

Section 4 Liability for Fire Calls from Fire Departments Other than Authorized Fire Departments: Any property owner requesting fire protection directly from any other fire department shall be responsible for the full costs billed to the town resulting from the fire call. This section shall not apply to the costs of any other department responding at the request of an authorized department under a mutual aid agreement.

 

Section 5 Severability: Should any section or provisions of this ordinance be declared invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance.

 

Section 6 Effective Date: This ordinance shall become effective upon adoption and publication or posting, as provided by law, pursuant to s 60.80, Wis. Stat.

 

 

   Town of Barnes

 

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Lu Peet -Town Chairperson Christine M. Webb-Town Supervisor

 

 

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Jack Meinke Supervisor Donna Porter Supervisor

 

 

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Mitch McGee Supervisor

 

 

Adopted:

 

Published: Posted:

 

Attest: _____________________________ Dated:

Elaine J. Brustad, Town Clerk-Treasurer