Chapter 12.50


12.50.010    Uniform numbering system adopted.

12.50.020    Title.

12.50.030    Purpose.

12.50.040    Intent.

12.50.050    Jurisdiction.

12.50.060    Waivers.

12.50.070    Fees and signs.

12.50.080    Assignment of numbers.

12.50.090    Installation and placement.

12.50.100    Maintenance.

12.50.110    Payments and penalties.

12.50.010 Uniform numbering system adopted.

The Walworth County Rural Building Numbering System Ordinance No. 229-09/02 as approved on September 12, 2002, codified as Chapter 43 of the Walworth County Code, is hereby adopted. (Ord. 2008-3 § 1)

12.50.020 Title.

This chapter will henceforth be known as the “Town of East Troy 911 Emergency Numbering Ordinance.” (Ord. 2008-3 § 2)

12.50.030 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the public in the Town of East Troy by providing a means for physically locating properties. The ability to easily locate properties is a vital asset in providing emergency services for fire, rescue and police as well as a convenience for other services that serve rural properties.

Upon recommendations from the East Troy Fire Department and ambulance/rescue services providing service to the Town of East Troy concerning inconsistencies with respect to the current addresses and placement of signs and locations, the Town of East Troy believes it is necessary to replace the existing signs and location. (Ord. 2008-3 § 3)

12.50.040 Intent.

The intent of this chapter is to establish the method by which rural address signs will be obtained by a property owner as well as how the rural address sign is installed and maintained. (Ord. 2008-3 § 4)

12.50.050 Jurisdiction.

The jurisdiction of this chapter shall include all lands and waters within the Town of East Troy. Every property with a structure on it shall have an address/911 sign installed and visible at all times. (Ord. 2008-3 § 5)

12.50.060 Waivers.

The Town of East Troy Board shall have the exclusive power to order the issuance of waivers from the terms of this chapter, including restrictions placed on nonconformities. Waivers shall only be permitted when they are in harmony with the general purpose and intent of this chapter. (Ord. 2008-3 § 6)

12.50.070 Fees and signs.

The fee for the address/911 sign shall be established by the Town of East Troy Board and may be amended by the Town Board when deemed necessary. The signs and posts that are required by this chapter must be identical to the uniform signs and posts that have been approved by the Town Board as amended by the Town Board from time to time. All new or replacement signs or posts required by this chapter must be obtained from the Town of East Troy Clerk upon payment of the required fee. The fee for the signs and post cost, plus any installation charges, are to be assessed on the property tax bill. (Ord. 2008-3 § 7)

12.50.080 Assignment of numbers.

All new construction subsequent to the adoption of this chapter shall apply to the Walworth County Information Systems Department for a number, in conjunction with obtaining a building permit. A property owner(s) shall submit the appropriate fee to the Town of East Troy Clerk along with a completed driveway application when requesting an address sign. The Town of East Troy Clerk shall obtain the required sign and arrange for its installation. In addition, whenever it appears that an existing parcel in the Town of East Troy is not numbered in accordance with this chapter, upon request from the Town of East Troy clerk, the property owner(s) must apply to the Walworth County Information Systems Department for a new address number that complies with this chapter and post the new address as required herein. (Ord. 2008-3 § 8)

12.50.090 Installation and placement.

The Town of East Troy shall employ a third party contractor of its choosing to perform the initial installation of the new address/911 signs. Installation of signs subsequent to the adoption of this chapter shall be performed by the Town of East Troy Department of Public Works.

The primary location for the post/signs shall be approximately 15 feet from the edge of the right side of the driveway (facing building from road), and on the back edge of the road right-of-way. A secondary location shall be same measurements but on the left side of the driveway. Alternate locations shall be determined by the third party installer or Public Works employee, if necessary due to foliage, lot line boundaries, or other obstructions that would compromise the effectiveness of the sign if installed in the primary or secondary location, but does not include affixing the sign to any building or structure. No property owner(s) may change the placement location of post/signs after installation without the express written consent of the Town Board. (Ord. 2008-3 § 9)

12.50.100 Maintenance.

It shall be the responsibility of the property owner(s) to maintain all address/911 signs for his/her property. Maintenance shall include notifying the Town of the need for a replacement sign, and keeping the sign in a physical condition whereby the address/911 number is easily and clearly legible at all times. The property owner(s) shall also ensure that the sign is clearly visible from the public road and not obscured by vegetation, structures, snow, etc. (Ord. 2008-3 § 10)

12.50.110 Payments and penalties.

It is the responsibility of the property owner(s) to pay all fees for the purchase and installation of the address/911 signs. In the case where the Town of East Troy requests a sign replacement, the Town may choose to pay the fee and seek reimbursement from the affected property owner(s). In the case where a property owner refuses to pay for a required sign and installation, the Town shall assess all costs for the sign and installation to the affected property owner’s real estate tax bill after one notice has been sent by first class mail, and unpaid after 30 days.

One written notice will be served, by first class mail, to those in noncompliance of this chapter. Those failing to comply within 10 days from the date of the written notice will be subjected to a forfeiture of not less than $50.00 per day and not more than $500.00 for each day the violation continues, together with the cost of prosecution. (Ord. 2008-3 § 11)