TOWN OF CHICOG

NOTICES

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Notice of Town Board Meeting

Town of Chicog

July 8th 7 pm. 2020


Open meeting laws still exist. If you choose to attend it is at your own risk!!!


1  Call meeting to order

2  Pledge of allegiance

3  Roll call

4  Reading of the previous minutes

5  Treasurers report

6  Chairman's report

7  Correspondence

8  Liquor license

9  Operators license

10 Short term rentals

11 Amend Brancel road agreement

12 Resolution of vacate \Liberty lane 13 Ordinance to adopt injury to highway

14 Lower McKenzie landing rd. dedication

15 Short Term Rental

16 Ordinance of citation

17 Committee reports

18 Public input

19 Date of the next meeting August 12th 7pm

20 Payment of bills

21 Adjournment


Patrick Wilcox

Chairman



New Resolutions

RESOLUTION # 2020318A - Lodge Road 349.4KB
RESOLUTION #2020318B - HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN 475.5KB
RESOLUTION #2020318C - EQUIPMENT HOURLY RATE 189.8KB



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The following proposed ordinance by the Washburn County Community Rights Alliance will be open for discussion at the annual Town Meeting July 25, 2020.  If you have any questions or suggested changes before than please contact one of the following local individuals with the Alliance: Curt Hubatch: hubyseven@gmail.com, Jan Bliss: jbjhands@centurytel.net or Lou Columbus: lacolumbus35@gmail.com  National websites for more information on community Rights are:  www.communityrighs.us & www.celdf.org

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Proposed Chicog ordinance:


Right to a Healthy Climate Ordinance

Establishing a community rights-based ordinance for Chicog Town in Washburn County, Wisconsin that prohibits activities and projects that would violate rights secured by the ordinance.

Preamble

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they naturally are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, the people institute governments, which derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Further, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government. Laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

This right of self-government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is natural fundamental, and unalienable. It is also secured to us by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin.

Pursuant to that right of self-government, if our current system of local government infringes our rights, we, the people of Chicog, have the right to alter or replace that system with one that secures and protects human rights and ecosystem rights, as long as the new system does not infringe other rights protected for us by state and federal law.

The Town of Chicog is situated within the St. Croix River watershed which includes the sub watersheds of the Namekagon River, the Totagatic River, Stuntz Brook, Chicog Creek and others. The total drainage of the St. Croix watershed is 7,760 square miles and extends from near Mille Lacs Lake in MN on the west to near Cable, WI on the east. 46% of the watershed is in MN and 54% is in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin portion covers 22 watersheds, 4,165 square miles, and 9 counties. The ecosystem this watershed represents is home to a multitude of animal and plant species and thousands of people who collectively rely on it for their livelihood, health, and survival.

It is our legislative determination that certain corporate activities are detrimental to our rights, health, safety and welfare and those of the ecological system we live in. These activities include but are not limited to: runoff from commercial use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; the intentional or unintentional dumping of toxic waste including corporate factory farm waste; and the physical deposition of emissions, leakage, disposal, or placement of toxins into the land, air, or waterways from extraction, transportation, processing, storage, conveyance, and depositing of waste from fossil fuels and frack sand activities.

As we are purportedly constrained by state and federal law, which courts interpret to require us to accept such harmful corporate activity, we the people of Chicog are unable under our current system of local government to secure human rights and ecosystem rights by banning said activity. Thus we deem it necessary to alter our system of local government, and we do so by adopting this Right to a Healthy Climate Ordinance.

Section 1 – Statement of law

  1. Right of Self-Government. All residents of Chicog possess a right of self-government, which includes, but is not limited to, the following rights: first, the right to a system of local government founded on the consent of the people of the town; second, the right to a system of local government that secures their rights; and third, the right to alter any system of local government that lacks consent of the people or fails to secure and protect the people’s and ecosystems’ rights, health, safety, and welfare. Any action to annul, amend, alter, or overturn this Ordinance shall be prohibited unless such action is approved by a prior Town vote at which a majority of the residents of the Town vote to approve such action.

  2. Right to a Healthy Climate. All residents of Chicog possess a right to a stable and healthy climate system capable of sustaining human societies, which shall include the right to be free from all corporate activities that infringe that right, including but not limited to the runoff from commercial use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; the intentional or unintentional dumping of toxic waste including corporate factory farm waste; and the physical deposition of emissions, leakage, disposal or placement of toxins into the land, air, or waterways from extraction, transportation, processing, storage, conveyance, and depositing of waste from fossil fuels and frack sand activities.

  3. Right to Clean Air, Water, and Soil. All residents of Chicog possess the right to clean air, water, and soil, which shall include the right to be free from all corporate activities that release toxic contaminants into the air, water and soil, including but not limited to the runoff from commercial use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; the intentional and unintentional dumping of toxic waste including corporate factory farm waste; and the physical deposition of emissions, leakage, disposal, or placement of toxins into the land, air, or waterways from extraction, transportation, processing, storage, conveyance, and depositing of waste from fossil fuels and frack sand activities.

  4. Rights of Ecosystems and Natural Communities. Ecosystems and natural communities within Chicog possess the rights to naturally exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve; rights to restoration, recovery, and preservation; rights to a stable and healthy climate system capable of sustaining ecosystems and natural communities; rights to clean air, water, soil; and which also shall include, but not limited to, the right to be free from all corporate activities that infringe these rights, including, but not limited to the runoff from commercial use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers; the intentional and unintentional dumping of toxic waste including corporate factory farm waste; and the physical deposition of emissions, leakage, disposal, or placement of toxins into the land, air, or waterways from extraction, transportation, processing, storage, conveyance, and depositing of waste from fossil fuels and frack sand activities.

  5. The Right to Protection from Governmental and Corporate Interference. All residents of Chicog and the Town of Chicog as well as ecosystems and natural communities within Chicog, possess the right to enforce this Ordinance free of interference from corporations, other business entities, and governments. That right shall include the right to be free from ceiling preemption, because this Ordinance expands rights and legal protections for people and nature above those provided by less-protective state, federal and international law.


Section 2 – Enforcement

  1. Any business entity or government that willfully violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount of $1,000 per day of violation.

  2. Any business entity or government that willfully violates any provision of this Ordinance also shall be liable for any injury to an ecosystem or natural community caused by the violation. Damages shall be measured by the cost of restoring the ecosystem or natural community to its state before the injury, and shall be paid to the Town of Chicog to be used exclusively for the full and complete restoration of the ecosystem or natural community.

  3. Ecosystems and natural communities within Chicog may enforce or defend this Ordinance through an action brought in the name of the ecosystem or natural community as the real party in interest.

  4. Any resident of Chicog may enforce or defend this Ordinance through an action brought in the resident’s name. Any resident, and any ecosystem or natural community, also shall have the right to intervene in any action concerning this Ordinance in order to enforce or defend it, and in such an action, the Town of Chicog shall not be deemed to adequately represent their particularized interests.

  5. If the Town of Chicog fails to enforce or defend this law, or a court fails to uphold this law or purports to declare it unlawful, the law shall not be affected, and any resident may then enforce the rights and prohibitions of the law through non-violent direct action. If enforcement through non-violent direct action is commenced, this law shall prohibit any private or public actor from filing a civil or criminal action against those participating in such non-violent direct action. If an action is filed in violation of this provision, the applicable court must dismiss the action promptly, without further filings being required of direct-action participants. “Direct action” as used by this provision shall mean any non-violent activities or actions carried out to directly enforce the rights and prohibitions contained within this law.

Section 3 – State and Federal Constitutional Changes

Through the adoption of this Ordinance, the people of Chicog call for an amendment of the Wisconsin Constitution and the federal Constitution to recognize expressly a right of local self-government free from governmental restriction, ceiling preemption, or nullification by corporate “rights”.

ENACTED AND ORDAINED this_______day of __________________, 20________, by the Town of Chicog, in Washburn County, Wisconsin.


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 SURVEY RESULTS - HEALTH CLIMATE ORDNANCE


Two surveys have been mailed to the town citizens to find out how they felt about a Right to a Healthy Climate Ordnance.

In April of 2019, with the approval the town chairman and the supervisors, one hundred and fifty short surveys were mailed to all of the township residents.  44 were returned.  36 (82%) were in favor of the ordinance. Because of this favorable response the town chairman agreed another survey should be distributed to Chicog’s taxpayers.

In December of 2019, with the approval of the town board, 700 short surveys were mailed along with the tax notifications.  97 were returned.   Five questions were asked:

1. Do you support a right to a healthy climate: air, land and water?  92 responded yes (94%).

2. Should the legal system recognize corporate rights over human, ecosystem rights?  84 responded no (87%).

3. Do you think the Town of Chicog should legally have the right to enact and enforce laws to protect health, safety and welfare?  81 responded yes (83%).

4. Would you be in favor of passing the ordinance:  Right to a Healthy Climate that would give protection, legal standing, and constitutional rights in a court of law in the Town of Chicog?  75 responded yes (77%).

5. Are you interested in attending an informational meeting?  28 responded yes (29%).


Printable PDF Budget Files

2019 Proposed Budget.pdf
2020 Proposed Budget.pdf

 
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