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Ordinance: Appointed Clerk


08-11-2010

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Ordinance: Appointed Clerk

Ordinance O2010.08.1 - An Ordinance Establishing an Office of Town Clerk to be filled by Appointment upon Referendum Approval

This ordinance, adopted August 10, 2010, is required 45+ days prior to referendum vote pursuant to Wis. statutes §60.30(1e) in order for Hortonia voters change the office of the Town Clerk from an elected position to an appointed position. Minutes of the May 11 monthly Town Board meeting reflect that the Board chose to place the referendum on the November 2, 2010 ballot. At the Town’s Annual meeting held April 13, 2010 the electors approved a motion to put a referendum on the ballot, either this September or November, to allow Town electors to choose whether they want an appointed clerk or an elected clerk. The motion carried by a vote of 12 ayes to 7 nays.

The April 13, 2010 minutes regarding this issue reflect the following:

  • Electors reviewed a draft ordinance changing the Town Clerk from an elected to appointed position. Clerk explained he is not seeking re-election; in 2009 there were no candidates on the ballot for Clerk; changing to appointed position increases size of pool of candidates to people outside Township; allows Board to require qualifications; other pros/cons discussed. Atty Carlson weighed in that Towns of Greenville, Caledonia, Maple Creek, Clayton and Village of Hortonville are appointed; confirmed change requires a referendum be put on the ballot. Electors expressed concern about losing direct control over choosing the clerk; about part-time position becoming full time; about increased cost including benefits.
  • Glenn Marks motioned, seconded by Dennis Clegg, to table changing the position of clerk from elected to appointed, to the next annual meeting. Motion failed – 7 ayes, 9 nays.
  • Reta Wirth motioned, seconded by David LeMahieu, to put a referendum on the ballot, either this September or November, to allow Town electors to choose whether they want an appointed clerk or an elected clerk. Carried – 12 ayes, 7 nays.

The referendum question shall be: “Shall the person holding the office of Town Clerk in the Town of Hortonia be appointed by the Town Board?”

  • Voting YES means you favor changing the position to Appointed
  • Voting NO means you favor keeping the position Elected

On November 2nd the referendum FAILED with 275 (60.6%) voting NO to 148 (32.6%) voting YES out of 454 total ballots cast. !! CLICK HERE !! for election results.

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 Documents related to the Minutes:
!! CLICK HERE !! for the 4/13/2010 Annual Meeting minutes
!! CLICK HERE !! for the 5/11/2010 Town Board minutes