Statute in Full:
59.79. Milwaukee County. (See 12 for cat provision)
In a county with a population of 500,000 or more, the board may:
(1) Housing facilities. Build, furnish and rent housing facilities to residents of the county. Such a county may borrow money or accept grants from the federal government for or in aid of any project to build, furnish and rent such housing facilities, to take over any federal lands and to such ends enter into such contracts, mortgages, trust indentures, leases or other agreements as the federal government may require. It is the intent of this subsection to authorize such a county to do anything necessary to secure the financial aid and the cooperation of the federal government in any undertaking by the county authorized by this subsection, including the authority to provide housing subsidies or allowances by participation in federal government housing programs.
(2) Intergovernmental committees; appropriation. Appropriate money to defray the expenses of any intergovernmental committee organized in the county with participation by the board to study countywide governmental problems, and make recommendations thereon. All items of expense paid out of the appropriations shall be presented on vouchers signed by the chairperson and secretary of the intergovernmental committee.
(3) Transportation studies. Undertake the necessary studies and planning, alone or with other urban planning activities, to determine the total transportation needs of the county areas; to formulate a program for the most efficient and economical coordination, integration and joint use of all existing transportation facilities; and to study the interrelationship between metropolitan county area growth and the establishment of various transportation systems for such area in order to promote the most comprehensive planning and development of both. In pursuance of such undertaking the board may employ the services of consultants to furnish surveys and plans, and may appropriate funds for the payment of the cost of such work and the hiring of consultants.
(4) Heating and air conditioning contractors. For the purpose of protecting and promoting the general health and welfare of county residents, provide by ordinance for the regulation, control, prohibition and licensing of heating and air conditioning contractors engaged in either soliciting work or any actual installation, maintenance or repair work within the geographic limits of such a county. The board may revoke any license after the filing of charges and notice of hearing thereon. Such ordinance in addition may impose a forfeiture of not to exceed $100 for any violation or, in default of payment thereof, imprisonment for not to exceed 30 days and each day's failure to comply with any provision of the ordinance shall constitute a separate offense. In addition the county may institute injunctive proceedings to enforce any provision of the ordinance. The board may also, within the ordinance, provide for the creation of an advisory board and prescribe its powers. Such ordinance shall apply within cities and villages which may have enacted ordinances regulating the same subject matter but the county ordinance shall not have jurisdiction over any building code matter in any municipality, nor shall the ordinance be applicable to licensed electrical contractors engaged in the installation, maintenance or repair of electrical heating and air conditioning systems or to a public utility which is subject to ch. 196.
<Subsection (4) is repealed by 2007 Act 63, § 1, eff. April 1, 2013.>
(5) Fee for certain marriage ceremonies. Enact an ordinance imposing a fee to be paid in advance to the clerk for each marriage ceremony performed by a judge or a circuit or supplemental court commissioner specified in s. 765.16(5) in the courthouse, safety building or children's court center during hours when any office in those public buildings is open for the transaction of business. The amount of the fee shall be determined by the board.
(6) World festival celebration. Appropriate money for planning and participation in a world festival celebration, or any similar program or activity designed to promote international commerce and culture.
(7) Lakefront parking facility. (a) Contract with the state to use and pay reasonable charges for the use of all or a portion of the parking facility authorized under s. 13.485 and to guaranty all or a portion of the debt service for revenue obligations issued under s. 13.485 as compensation for benefits to be derived by the county and the public from the facility funded by the issuance.
(b) Take any action that is necessary to facilitate contracting with the state under par. (a), including the levying of any direct annual tax for that purpose.
(8) Contractual personnel services. Enter into a contract for a period not to exceed 2 years for the services of retired county employees, provided such services shall not replace or duplicate an existing office or position in the classified or unclassified service nor be considered an office or position under s. 63.03.
(10) County hospital. Determine policy for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the county hospital under s. 49.71(2) and, notwithstanding the powers and duties specified under s. 46.21(2)(k), (3r) and (6) with respect to the county hospital and the administrator and specified under s. 46.21(2)(b), (L), (m), (n), (nm), (o), (p) and (q) and (3g), provide for the management of the county hospital as the board considers appropriate, except that the employee positions at the hospital will be county employee positions. If the board acts under this subsection, the board may not discontinue operation, maintenance and improvement of the county hospital under s. 49.71(2) and shall exercise the duties under s. 46.21(4m). This subsection does not apply if the board acts under s. 46.21 with respect to the county hospital under s. 49.71(2).
(11) Baseball. Own and operate a professional baseball team, appropriate money for the purchase of a franchise for such team, and in the discretion of the board organize and maintain a nonprofit corporation for such team ownership and operation or participate with others in the formation and operation of such corporation.
(12) Licenses for cats. Enact an ordinance requiring licenses for cats. The ordinance may require a person who owns or keeps a cat within the county's boundaries to pay a license fee, obtain a license tag and otherwise control the cat. An ordinance enacted under this subsection shall require the owner of a cat to present evidence that the cat is currently immunized against rabies before a license may be issued. All proceeds from cat licenses shall be used for licensing, regulating and impounding cats.
(13) Design-build construction process. Let a contract for the construction of a sheriff's department training academy, that is located in the county, using the design-build construction process.
<<For credits, see Historical Note field.>>
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
2008 Electronic Pocket Part Update
2000 Main Volume
L.1955, c. 651, § 9.
St.1955, § 59.07.
L.1957, c. 328, § 1.
L.1961, c. 95.
L.1961, c. 217.
L.1965, c. 22.
L.1965, c. 134.
L.1965, c. 252, § 53.
L.1965, c. 281.
L.1965, c. 306.
L.1969, c. 308, eff. Jan. 14, 1970.
L.1975, c. 195, eff. April 10, 1976.
L.1977, c. 38, § 1, eff. July 14, 1977.
St.1977, §§ 59.07, 59.877.
L.1977, c. 323, § 1, eff. May 16, 1978.
L.1977, c. 382, § 1, eff. May 23, 1978.
L.1979, c. 32, § 92(2), eff. July 20, 1979.
L.1981, c. 142, § 1, eff. March 31, 1982.
L.1981, c. 282, § 47, eff. April 27, 1982.
1983 Act 391, § 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1984.
1983 Act 451, § 3, eff. May 18, 1984.
1985 Act 29, § 1175, eff. July 20, 1985.
1993 Act 184, § 87, eff. April 14, 1994.
1993 Act 186, § 3, eff. April 14, 1994.
1993 Act 213, § 52, eff. April 21, 1994.
St.1993, §§ 59.07(25), (52), (55), (57), (71), (77), (89) to (91), (143), (153), 59.877.
1995 Act 27, §§ 3277, 3278, eff. July 1, 1996.
1995 Act 201, §§ 137, 164, 166, 168, 170, 184, 189, 194 to 196, 223, 225, 235, 236, 431, 454, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.
1999 Act 9, § 1580m, eff. Oct. 29, 1999.
2008 Electronic Pocket Part Update
1999 Act 83, §§ 116 to 118, eff. May 6, 2000.
1999 Act 185, § 193(1), eff. Sept. 1, 2000.
2001 Act 61, § 59, eff. June 1, 2002.
2007 Act 63, § 1, eff. April 1, 2013.
L.1953, c. 570, § 1.
St.1953, § 59.07(31).