CHARTER
ADOPTED BY ELECTION ON DECEMBER 4, 1973
EFFECTIVE ON JANUARY 4, 1974
 
CHARTER COMMISSION
CLARENCE SOHRE - CHAIRMAN
JAMES DIES - VICE CHAIRMAN
WARREN L. GAARE - SECRETARY
M. J. NESVIG
KENNETH TRUEBENBACH
JEROME AGRE
RONALD MAX
RALPH JONES
THOMAS HOMME
 
 
AMENDED BY CITY COUNCIL ON MAY 4, 2011
CHARTER COMMISSION
THOMAS HOMME - CHAIRMAN
JOSEPH DEIS - VICE CHAIRMAN
KEVIN MCCANN - SECRETARY
DALE BREUER
DUANE MESSNER
PATRICIA PINSKE
STEPHANIE SCHULTE
ALICE STROBEL
 
Section
CHAPTER I - NAME, BOUNDARIES, POWERS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
   Sec. 1.   Name and boundaries
   Sec. 2.   Powers of the city
   Sec. 3.   Construction of this charter
   Sec. 4.   Charter a public act
CHAPTER II - FORM OF GOVERNMENT
   Sec. 5.   Form of Government
   Sec. 6.   Boards
   Sec. 7.   Elective officers
   Sec. 8.   Incompatible offices
   Sec. 9.   Vacancies in the council
   Sec. 10.   The mayor
   Sec. 11.   City Administrator
   Sec. 12.   Treasurer
   Sec. 13.   Clerk-Treasurer
   Sec. 14.   City Attorney
   Sec. 15.   Chief of police
   Sec. 16.   Assessor
   Sec. 17.   Compensation of officers
CHAPTER III - PROCEDURE OF COUNCIL
   Sec. 18.   Council meetings
   Sec. 19.   Secretary of council
   Sec. 20.   Rules of procedure and quorum
   Sec. 21.   Ordinances, resolutions and motions
   Sec. 22.   Procedure on ordinances
   Sec. 23.   Emergency ordinances and resolutions
   Sec. 24.   Signing and publication of ordinances and resolutions
   Sec. 25.   When ordinances and resolutions take effect
   Sec. 26.   Amendment and repeal of ordinances and resolutions
   Sec. 27.   Revision and Codification of ordinances
CHAPTER IV - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
   Sec. 28.   The regular municipal election
   Sec. 29.   Special elections
   Sec. 30.   Judges and clerks of election
   Sec. 31.   Filing for election
   Sec. 32.   Canvass of elections
   Sec. 33.   Procedure at elections
CHAPTER V - INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
   Sec. 34.   Powers reserved by the people
   Sec. 35.   Expenditures by petitioners
   Sec. 36.   Further regulations
   Sec. 37.   Initiation of measures
   Sec. 38.   Form of petition and of signature papers
   Sec. 39.   Filing of petitions and action thereon
   Sec. 40.   Action of council on petitions
   Sec. 41.   Initiative ballots
   Sec. 42.   Initiation of charter amendments
   Sec. 43.   The referendum
   Sec. 44.   Referendum petitions
   Sec. 45.   Referendum ballots
   Sec. 46.   Recall petitions
   Sec. 47.   Filing of petition
   Sec. 48.   Recall election
   Sec. 49.   Procedure at recall election
   Sec. 50.   Form of recall ballot
CHAPTER VI - ADMINISTRATION OF CITY AFFAIRS
   Sec. 51.   Departments of administration
   Sec. 52.   Powers and duties of council
   Sec. 53.   Contracts. How let
CHAPTER VII - TAXATION AND FINANCE
   Sec. 54.   Council to control finances
   Sec. 55.   Fiscal year
   Sec. 56.   System of Taxation
   Sec. 57.   Board of equalization
   Sec. 58.   Levy and collection of taxes
   Sec. 59.   Tax settlement with county treasurer
   Sec. 60.   Disbursements. How made
   Sec. 61.   Funds to be kept
   Sec. 62.   Receipts to go to city treasurer
   Sec. 63.   Accounts and reports
   Sec. 64.   City Indebtedness
   Sec. 65.   Tax anticipation certificates
   Sec. 66.   Emergency debt certificates
CHAPTER VIII - PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS
   Sec. 67.   The city plan
   Sec. 68.   Enforcement of city plan
   Sec. 69.   Power to make improvements and levy assessments
   Sec. 70.   Assessments for services
   Sec. 71.   Local Improvement regulations
   Sec. 72.   Public works: How performed
CHAPTER IX - EMINENT DOMAIN
   Sec. 73.   Power to acquire property
   Sec. 74.   Proceedings in taking property
CHAPTER X - FRANCHISES
   Sec. 75.   Franchise defined
   Sec. 76.   Franchise ordinances
   Sec. 77.   Publication of franchise
   Sec. 78.   Term of franchise limited
   Sec. 79.   Power of regulation reserved
   Sec. 80.   Regulation of rates and charges
   Sec. 81.   Conditions in every franchise
   Sec. 82.   Further provisions of franchise
CHAPTER XI - PUBLIC OWNERSHIP AND OPERATION OF UTILITIES
   Sec. 83.   Acquisition and operation of utilities
   Sec. 84.   Rates and finances
   Sec. 85.   Purchase in bulk
   Sec. 86.   City to pay for services
   Sec. 87.   Lease of plant
   Sec. 88.   Public utility. How sold
CHAPTER XII - MISCELLANEOUS AND TRANSITORY PROVISIONS
   Sec. 89.   Official publications
   Sec. 90.   Oath of office
   Sec. 91.   City officers not to be interested in contracts
   Sec. 92.   Official bonds
   Sec. 93.   City property not lost by adverse possession
   Sec. 94.   Sales of real property
   Sec. 95.   Vacation of streets
   Sec. 96.   City to succeed to right and obligations of former city
   Sec. 97.   Present officers to hold offices till when
   Sec. 98.   Statutes not affected by charter
   Sec. 99.   Existing ordinances continued
   Sec. 100.   Pending condemnations and  assessments
   Sec. 101.   Ordinances to make charter effective