The Little Hope Lake District Board has been scheduled the annual meeting of Lake District residents for Sunday September 08, 2013 at 1PM at the Dayton Town Hall.
Every lake district, regardless of how it was formed, must hold an annual meeting of electors (resident voters) and property owners. The first such meeting must be held between May 22 and September 8. Subsequent annual meetings must be held during the same time period, unless the preceding annual meeting sets a different date. The statutes do not specify the location of the meeting; however, meetings should be held in an accessible public place. The chairperson of the board of commissioners presides at the annual meeting, all special meetings, and any public hearings held by the board. Most districts use Robert’s Rules of Order for running meetings and conducting deliberations. Some districts have adopted bylaws or rules of procedure in addition to Chapter 33; others just use Chapter 33 as their guide. Bylaws are not required, but compliance with Chapter 33 is essential.
Notice of Annual Meetings
The district secretary is responsible for preparing and mailing written notice of the annual meeting at least 14 days in advance of the meeting to all district property owners and electors. The district is required to use “reasonable diligence” to ascertain mailing addresses. As an alternative to mailing notice to the electors, the district may publish notice of the meeting in two successive issues of the local newspaper (known as a Class 2 notice ). The district is also required to mail notice of the annual meeting to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To comply with Wisconsin open meetings law requirements, the district should also post the meeting notice at least 24 hours before the annual meeting in three locations likely to be seen by the general public. In addition, the secretary must mail copies of the notice to any media source that requests them.
Notice of the meeting must include the:
agenda, which includes a list of each item proposed for consideration at the meeting
proposed annual budget
The lake district law requires that the electors and property owners at the annual meeting
Approve the Lake District budget for the upcoming year
Additional items require specific notices on the annual meeting agenda:
Any authorization to borrow money
Any proposal to dissolve the district
Any items proposed for consideration at the annual meeting that are submitted by a petition to the board at least 30 days before the annual meeting, signed by at least 20% of the number of parcels in the district (provided the item relates to an issue that is within the district’s authority)
In addition to these required action of approving the annual budget, the electors and property owners at the annual meeting are authorized to take any of the following actions:
Vote a tax on all taxable property within the district. Except for taxes levied to repay debt, and for “capital costs,” the annual meeting may not levy a tax in excess of 2.5 mills ($2.50 per $1,000 of equalized value of property)
Permanently increase the number of elected members of the board of commissioners from three to five
Authorize the assumption of sanitary district powers
Appropriate money for the conservation of natural resources or for payment to a nonprofit organization for the conservation of natural resources within the district or beneficial to the district
Create a non-lapsible fund to finance specifically identified capital costs and for maintenance of capital equipment
Establish any compensation to be paid to the district board of commissioners
Change the annual meeting date
Dissolve the district
The regular scheduled quarterly meeting of the Little Hope Lake District- District Board Meeting is scheduled for March 24 at the Dayton Town Hall.
The Dayton Town Board met on October 28, 2012 to correct the legal description of the boundaries of the Little Hope Lake District. The Little Hope Lake District was originally created by Town of Dayton resolution on October 16th, 2012; however irrregular measurements of some of the sections within the bounderies of the district caused parts of properties outside the proposed district to be added. The final resolution corrected the boundaries of the district. The properties included in the Little Hope Lake District are shown on the map below.
This page will contain news and information about the Little Hope Lake District for owners and residents of properties in the district as well as for other interested parties.
Board Agendas 2012 October 29 orginization Board Agenda
2013 District Budget 2013 Lake District Budget
October 28 Resolution recreating the Little Hope Lake District correcting the legal description of the boundaries