59.54(8)(b)1. 1. Appropriate funds for the operation of the committee that is created under par. (a).
59.54(8)(b)2. 2. Implement programs and undertake activities which are designed to prepare the county to cope with emergencies involving the accidental release of hazardous substances and which are consistent with, but in addition to, the minimum requirements of s. 166.20 and 42 USC 11000 to 11050.
59.54(9) (9)County telecommunication terminal. Every county in the state shall have a telecommunication terminal installed in a county law enforcement agency which is interconnected with the department of transportation and other county, municipal and governmental law enforcement agencies in the TIME (Transaction Information for Management of Enforcement) system. This subsection shall not preclude the connection and participation in the system of any governmental law enforcement agency and the requirements of this subsection shall be effective even though there are additions, deletions or modifications in the system.
59.54(10) (10)Neighborhood watch sign approval. The board may approve the placement, by a town board, of a neighborhood watch sign under s. 60.23 (17m) within the right-of-way of a county trunk highway.
59.54(11) (11)Safety at sporting events. The board may enact and enforce an ordinance to prohibit conduct which is the same as conduct prohibited by s. 167.32 and provide a forfeiture for a violation of the ordinance.
59.54(12) (12)County-tribal law enforcement programs. Pursuant to adoption of a resolution, a board may enter into an agreement and seek funding under s. 165.90.
59.54(13) (13)Arming sheriffs. The board of any county may furnish its sheriff, undersheriff and deputy sheriffs with the necessary arms, ammunition, gas bombs and gas sticks for the carrying out of their respective duties, such arms, ammunition, gas bombs and gas sticks to remain the property of the county.
59.54(14) (14)Courthouse and jail; restrictions.
59.54(14)(a)(a) A county shall provide a courthouse, fireproof offices and other necessary buildings at the county seat and keep them in good repair. A county shall provide a jail or enter into a cooperative agreement under s. 302.44 for the cooperative establishment and use of a jail. The jail and rehabilitation facilities as extensions of the jail need not be at the county seat and may be located outside of the county under a cooperative agreement under s. 302.44.
59.54(14)(b) (b) No jail may be constructed until the construction plans and specifications are approved by the department of corrections.
59.54(14)(c) (c) When the courthouse from any cause becomes unsafe, inconvenient or unfit for holding court, the board shall provide some other convenient building at the county seat for that purpose temporarily, and this building shall then be considered the courthouse for the time being.
59.54(14)(d) (d) The construction of any courthouse shall be in accordance with plans and specifications that are accompanied by the certificate of the circuit judge in whose circuit the building is to be erected, to the effect that after consultation with competent experts the judge is advised and believes that the courtrooms provided for will possess proper acoustical properties. The fee for this advice shall be paid by the county upon the judge's certificate.
59.54(14)(e) (e) Repairs which amount substantially to a reconstruction of a courthouse shall be governed by the same restrictions that apply to new construction, so far as practicable.
59.54(14)(f) (f) The personnel who are required to comply with ss. 302.41 and 302.42 shall be provided at county expense.
59.54(14)(g) (g) A county may establish extensions of the jail, which need not be at the county seat, to serve as places of temporary confinement. No person may be detained in such an extension for more than 24 consecutive hours, except that a court may order that a person subject to imprisonment under s. 23.33 (13) (b) 2. or 3. or (c) or 350.11 (3) (a) 2. or 3. or (b) be imprisoned for more than 24 consecutive hours in such an extension. Jail extensions shall be subject to plans and specifications approval by the department of corrections and shall conform to other requirements imposed by law on jails, except that cells may be designed and used for multiple occupancy.
59.54(15) (15)Annual inspection. At least once each year the board of each county, or a committee thereof, shall visit, inspect and examine each jail maintained by the county, as to health, cleanliness and discipline, and the keeper of the jail shall lay before the board or the committee a calendar setting forth the name, age and cause of committal of each prisoner. If it appears to the board or committee that any provisions of law have been violated or neglected, the board or the committee shall immediately give notice of the violation to the district attorney of the county.
59.54(16) (16)Contract with U.S. for custody of federal prisoners. The board may authorize the sheriff or superintendent of the house of correction to contract with the United States to keep in the county jail or house of correction any person legally committed under U.S. authority, but not for a term exceeding 18 months.
59.54(17) (17)Highways.
59.54(17)(a)(a) Safety and patrol. The board may appropriate money to citizens' safety committees or to county safety commissions or councils for highway safety and patrol.
59.54(17)(b) (b) Highway commissioner term. The board may enact an ordinance establishing the term of service of a highway commissioner elected under s. 83.01 (1) (a).
59.54(17)(c) (c) Highway safety coordinator. The board chairperson, or the county executive or county administrator in a county having such an officer, may appoint a county highway safety coordinator who shall serve as a member of the county traffic safety commission under s. 83.013 (1) (a).
59.54(18) (18)Civil air patrol. The board may appropriate funds or donate property and equipment to civil air patrol units in the county for the purpose of enabling such civil air patrol units to perform their assigned missions and duties as prescribed by U.S. air force regulations.
59.54(19) (19)Riding horses, regulation. The board may provide by ordinance for the regulation, prohibition and licensing of horses kept for the purpose of riding, whether by private owners for their own use or by commercial stables, riding academies or clubs for hire; for the licensing and regulation of owners of riding horses and the regulation, prohibition and licensing of commercial stables keeping horses for riding purposes for hire. The board may revoke the license of any owner of a horse kept for the purpose of riding for violation of such ordinance after the filing of charges and notice and hearing thereon. Such ordinance may provide that the chairperson of the board, when the board is not in session, shall be authorized to issue such license or to suspend such license of any person violating such ordinance; such issuance of license or the suspension of such license to be acted on by the board at its next meeting. Such ordinance may impose a forfeiture not to exceed $100 for each violation or, in default of payment thereof, imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Such ordinances may not apply within cities, villages and towns that have enacted ordinances regulating the same subject matter.
59.54(20) (20)Dogs running at large. The board may enact ordinances regulating the keeping, apprehension, impounding and destruction of dogs outside the corporate limits of any city or village, but such ordinances shall not conflict with ss. 174.01 and 174.042, and such ordinances may not apply in any town that has enacted an ordinance under s. 60.23 (30).
59.54(21) (21)County disposition of dead animals. The board may remove any dead animal, for burial or disposition at public expense, found upon public or private property within the county, or may contract for such removal and burial or other disposition with any private rendering plant, but the cost of such removal or disposition may be recovered by the county from the owner of the carcass, if the owner is known. The board may delegate powers and duties under this subsection to any political subdivision.
59.54(22) (22)Power to prohibit certain conduct. The board may enact and enforce ordinances, and provide forfeitures for violations of those ordinances, that prohibit conduct which is the same as or similar to that prohibited by chs. 941 to 948, except as provided in s. 59.55 (6), and by s. 167.31 (2) and (3), subject to rules promulgated under s. 167.31 (4m).
59.54(23) (23)Public assistance; false representation. The board may enact and enforce an ordinance to prohibit conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct that is prohibited by s. 49.95 (1) and provide a forfeiture for a violation of the ordinance.
59.54(24) (24)Worthless payments issued to a county; underpayments and overpayments. The board may enact and enforce an ordinance that is the same as or similar to s. 20.905 to do any of the following:
59.54(24)(a) (a) Impose on and collect charges from any person who issues a worthless payment to a county office or agency.
59.54(24)(b) (b) Permit a county office or agency to retain certain overpayments of fees, licenses and similar charges and waive certain underpayments.
59.54(25) (25)Possession of marijuana. The board may enact and enforce an ordinance to prohibit the possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana, as defined in s. 961.01 (14), subject to the exceptions in s. 961.41 (3g) (intro.), and provide a forfeiture for a violation of the ordinance; except that any person who is charged with possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana, or who is charged with possession of any amount of marijuana following a conviction for possession of marijuana, in this state shall not be prosecuted under this subsection. Any ordinance enacted under this subsection does not apply in any municipality that has enacted an ordinance prohibiting the possession of marijuana.
59.54(26) (26)Farm safety. The board may appropriate money for or sponsor, or both, farm safety education, training or information programs.
59.54 History History: 1995 a. 201 ss. 146 to 149, 154 to 156, 159, 160, 162, 175 to 177, 179, 180, 183, 191, 193, 210 to 213, 222, 226 to 228, 274, 283, 366, 403, 404; 1995 a. 448 s. 59; 1997 a. 27, 35.
59.54 Annotation A carefully drawn county ordinance prohibiting the sale of "disposable" bottles and cans would not, on its face, exceed the police power granted in s. 59.07 (64) [now s. 59.54 (6)], and would not constitute an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce, although a careful consideration of relevant factors may result in a finding of unreasonableness on both counts. 60 Atty. Gen. 158.
59.54 Annotation The authority of county officials to offer rewards for the arrest or conviction of persons violating the criminal law is limited to the circumstances set forth in s. 59.25 (2) [now s. 59.29 (1) (b)]. 63 Atty. Gen. 555.
59.54 Annotation The power of a county to provide limited rescue functions in connection with an ambulance service and to make reasonable charges discussed. 65 Atty. Gen. 87.
59.54 Annotation Section 59.07 (64) [now s. 59.54 (6)] does not authorize county boards to proscribe deer shining. 68 Atty. Gen. 81.
59.54 Annotation A county board has authority under s. 59.07 (64) [now s. 59.54 (6)] to enact an ordinance prohibiting trespass that is similar to and consistent with s. 943.13. 69 Atty. Gen. 92.
59.54 Annotation A local emergency planning committee created by a county board pursuant to s. 59.07 (146) [now s. 59.54 (8)] is in many respects treated as other county committees. The county board has authority to appropriate funds for the committee and the county's relationship to committee is the same as the county's relationship to other county bodies created under this section, with the exception that the county must be consistent with the authority exercised by the state emergency response commission. The county corporation counsel should provide legal advice and assistance to LEPC. If LEPC or its members are sued, the attorney general represents them, and the state would pay the judgment if the requirements of s. 895.46 have been satisfied. 78 Atty. Gen. 27.
59.54 Annotation Local Emergency Planning Committee subcommittee members appointed by a county board under s. 59.07 (146) [now 59.54 (8)] are entitled to indemnity for damage liability under s. 895.46 and legal representation by the attorney general under s. 165.25. 81 Atty. Gen. 17.
59.55 59.55 Consumer protection.
59.55(1)(1)County consumer protection agency.
59.55(1)(a)(a) In this subsection:
59.55(1)(a)1. 1. "Consumer complaint" means a complaint received by a consumer protection agency from an individual.
59.55(1)(a)2. 2. "County consumer protection agency" means an agency created or designated under this subsection.
59.55(1)(b) (b) A county may create or designate a consumer protection agency which may:
59.55(1)(b)1. 1. Maintain an office in the county.
59.55(1)(b)2. 2. Receive and maintain records of consumer complaints.
59.55(1)(b)3. 3. Upon receipt of a consumer complaint, conduct an investigation to determine the validity of the complaint.
59.55(1)(b)4. 4. Notify the person responsible for the cause of the complaint of the nature of the complaint.
59.55(1)(b)5. 5. Assist in the resolution of the complaint.
59.55(1)(b)6. 6. Refer complaints:
59.55(1)(b)6.a. a. To the appropriate state department or independent agency; or
59.55(1)(b)6.b. b. To the district attorney.
59.55(1)(b)7. 7. Maintain follow-up records on all complaints referred to state departments or independent agencies or the district attorney.
59.55(1)(c) (c) A county consumer protection agency created under this subsection shall report at least once every 6 months to the board on the actions and activities of the agency.
59.55(2) (2)Testing milk and soil. The board may appropriate money and provide office and laboratory space for testing milk and soil and may provide residents of the county with reports of such tests.
59.55(3) (3)Truckers, hawkers and peddlers licensing. Except in counties having a population of 500,000 or more, the board may enact ordinances providing for the licensing of truckers, hawkers and peddlers, other than licensees under s. 440.51, and provide for the enforcement of the ordinances. The ordinances shall not provide for licensing of fuel vendors or those engaged in the delivery of petroleum products or farmers or truck gardeners who sell farm products grown by themselves.
59.55(4) (4)Transient merchants. Counties may, by ordinance, regulate the retail sales, other than auction sales, made by transient merchants, as defined in s. 130.065 (1m), 1987 stats., in the towns in the county and provide forfeitures for violations of those ordinances.
59.55(5) (5)Secondhand car dealers, junking cars. The board may license and regulate dealers in secondhand motor vehicles, wreckers of motor vehicles, or the conduct of motor vehicle junking. Such regulation shall not apply to any municipality which enacts an ordinance governing the same subject.
59.55(6) (6)Regulation of obscenity. The board may enact an ordinance to prohibit conduct that is the same as that prohibited by s. 944.21. A county may bring an action for a violation of the ordinance regardless of whether the attorney general has determined under s. 165.25 (3m) that an action may be brought. The ordinance may provide for a forfeiture not to exceed $10,000 for each violation.
59.55 History History: 1995 a. 201 ss. 130, 131, 152, 178, 240, 368, 452.
59.56 59.56 Cultural affairs; education; recreation.
59.56(1) (1)Cultural and educational contributions. The board may appropriate money for cultural, artistic, educational and musical programs, projects and related activities, including financial assistance to nonprofit corporations devoted to furthering the cultivation and appreciation of the art of music or to the promotion of the visual arts.
59.56(2) (2)Public museums.
59.56(2)(a)(a) The board may appropriate money for the establishment, expansion, operation and maintenance of public museums in the county, including, but not limited to, any public museum owned by a city.
59.56(2)(b) (b) The board may acquire, establish, expand, own, operate and maintain a public museum in the county and appropriate money for such purposes, except that a public museum owned by a county under this subsection may seek tax-exempt status as an entity described under section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code.
59.56(2)(c) (c) Notwithstanding pars. (a) and (b), in counties having a population of 500,000 or more the board may contribute funds toward the operation of a public museum owned by a 1st class city in such county, as partial reimbursement for museum services rendered to persons residing outside such city and in a manner similar to the annual appropriation of funds by the board under s. 43.57 toward the operation of the central library in such city.
59.56(3) (3)University extension work.
59.56(3)(a)(a) Creation. A board may establish and maintain an educational program in cooperation with the university of Wisconsin, referred to in this subsection as "University Extension Program".
59.56(3)(b) (b) Committee on agriculture and extension education. If a board establishes a university extension program, it shall create a committee on agriculture and extension education. The board may select as a member of the committee any public school administrator resident in the county. The members of the committee shall receive such compensation and expenses as the board determines under s. 59.22 (2) (c) and (3). The committee shall meet at such intervals as are considered necessary to properly carry out its functions and responsibilities.
59.56(3)(c) (c) Staff.
59.56(3)(c)1.1. The committee on agriculture and extension education shall appoint professionally qualified persons to the university extension program staff in cooperation with the university extension. Vacancies and additions to the staff shall be filled in the same manner.
59.56(3)(c)2. 2. The committee on agriculture and extension education may enter into joint employment agreements with the university extension or with other counties and the university extension if the county funds that are committed in the agreements have been appropriated by the board. Persons so employed under cooperative agreements and approved by the board of regents shall be considered employes of both the county and the university of Wisconsin.
59.56(3)(d) (d) Finance. For the partial maintenance of the work of the university extension program, including cooperative extension programs as provided for in an act of congress approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 372) and all acts supplementary thereto, the board may appropriate moneys as requested by the committee on agriculture and extension education to provide the county's share in such work. The money appropriated by the board shall be disbursed by the treasurer upon orders of the clerk pursuant to the actions of the committee on agriculture and extension education and as adopted by the board.
59.56(3)(e) (e) State aids. To supplement the funds provided by the county for the work of the university extension program, each county shall be entitled to a minimum state aid of $1,500 per year if the board has made the required appropriation to maintain such a program, and such additional funds as are required to provide salary increases equal to those granted to state employes by the legislature.
59.56(3)(f) (f) Functions.
59.56(3)(f)1.1. A university extension program is authorized, under the direction and supervision of the county committee on agriculture and extension education, cooperating with the university extension of the university of Wisconsin, and within the limits of funds provided by the board and cooperating state and federal agencies, to make available the necessary facilities and conduct programs in the following areas:
59.56(3)(f)1.a. a. Professional and liberal education.
59.56(3)(f)1.b. b. Human resource development.
59.56(3)(f)1.c. c. Economic and environmental development.
59.56(3)(f)1.d. d. Extension work provided for in an act of congress that was approved on May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 372) and all acts supplementary thereto.
59.56(3)(f)1.e. e. Any other extension work that is authorized by local, state or federal legislation.
59.56(3)(f)2. 2. Such a program may consist of, but not be limited to, providing agents to conduct programs on energy conservation and renewable energy resource systems, conduct evaluations and provide planning, analysis and other technical support to community agencies and organizations, small businesses, individuals interested in energy conservation in local communities and primary and secondary school teachers.
59.56(3)(f)3. 3. Such program may take any action that will facilitate the accomplishment of any of the functions under this paragraph, including without limitation because of enumeration the following:
59.56(3)(f)3.a. a. The training of group leaders and the directing of group activities.
59.56(3)(f)3.b. b. Individual or group instruction or consultation.
59.56(3)(f)3.c. c. Demonstration projects, exhibits and other instructional means.
59.56(3)(f)3.d. d. Group workshops, institutes, and conferences.
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