ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING FIRE PROTECTION
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 ½ 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
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
-Town Chairperson Christine M.
Jack Meinke – Supervisor Donna Porter – Supervisor
Mitch McGee – Supervisor
Elaine J. Brustad, Town