Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waunakee Police Department April 2011 Newsletter

Waunakee Bicycle Rodeo
On Monday, April 25, 2011, the Waunakee Police Department will be holding its annual bike rodeo for kids interested in bicycling. The rodeo will be held in the lot of Heritage Elementary School at 501 South Street in Waunakee. The rodeo will start at 4:30 pm and end at 6:30 pm. There will be skill courses, safety information, free bike licenses, helmet check and bicycle safety stations.
2010 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Crime in Waunakee
The Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance has provided crime statistics for 2010. Waunakee continues to be a very safe place to live. In 2010 there were a total of nine violent crimes in Waunakee, with two robberies and seven aggravated assaults. All nine of these cases were cleared by arrest. Per capita, violent crime in Waunakee is well below the state and national average. Burglary was down substantially, from 33 in 2009 to 18 in 2010. The value of property stolen in 2010 was $299,000, and $145,000 of that property was recovered. The overall clearance rate (number of cases cleared by arrest) for UCR crimes was 40%.
Spring Time Ordinance Reminders
  • Burning – Open burning of material is not allowed within the village limits. This includes burning materials in the street or on sidewalks. Fires enclosed within fire pits which keep the fire off of the ground are acceptable. Other types of bonfires or the burning of grasses, leaves or vegetation require a permit or prior written approval from the Fire Chief.
  • Raking - Raking leaves in the street or gutter is prohibited per village ordinances.
  • Parks -
    • Parks are closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
    • No fires are allowed. Grills are okay, but are to be used in designated picnic areas.
    • No glass beverage containers are allowed. 
    • No overnight camping allowed.
    • The speed limit is 15 mph in all parks.
  • Be Aware of School Zones - With the warmer weather come added pedestrians on sidewalks and roadways. This is especially true in school zones. Every school zone has a special speed limit sign posted. These signs insure drivers are aware they are traveling through a school zone. School zones have special speed limit restrictions, reducing speed limits to 15 MPH. The adjusted speed limit applies anytime children are present; whether the children are on the adjacent sidewalks, parking lots, or on the roadway. Penalties for violating school safety zone speed limits carry stiffer penalties than normal speeding violations.
  • Storage of Boats, Trailers, Recreational Vehicles - The Police Department would like to remind residents of ordinances concerning the storage of large vehicles, boats and trailers. Waunakee village ordinances 94-84 covers this. Ordinance 94-84 requires that any large vehicle, defined as a truck, trailer, boat, snowmobile trailer, truck power unit, tractor, bus, recreational vehicle or any other vehicle or combination thereof that meets any of the following criteria... (a) Has a weight of more than 12,000 pounds; or (b) Has a length of greater than 21 feet; or (c) Has an enclosed area with a height of more than eight feet from the surface upon which it is located.... cannot be parked upon any street, avenue or public way located in a residential zoning district between the hours of 6:00 p.m. & 7:00 a.m. Parking and storage of large vehicles on private property is also governed under this ordinance. The restrictions are as follows: In residential zoning districts, it is permissible to park or store on private property a large vehicle under the following conditions: (1) Inside any enclosed structure, which structure otherwise conforms to the zoning requirements of the particular zoning district where located. (2) On a driveway, provided the large vehicle is not greater than 25 feet in length. (3) No more than one large vehicle may be parked or stored on a property. (4) No part of the large vehicle may extend into or over the public sidewalk or public right-of-way. (5) Parking is permitted only for parking or storage purposes. Large vehicles shall not be: a. Used for dwelling purposes. b. Permanently connected to wastewater or sanitary lines, water lines, or electricity. A large vehicle may be connected to electricity temporarily for charging batteries. c. Used for storage of goods, materials or equipment, other than those items considered to be part of the large vehicle or essential for its immediate use. (6) The large vehicle shall be owned by the resident who is occupying the property on which the large vehicle is parked for storage. Alternatively, the large vehicle shall be operated by the resident, who is occupying the property on which the large vehicle is parked, for reasons related to the resident's employment.
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