Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Mayville Kekoskee-Williamstown Merger

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with the city of Mayville in a decision Friday. The high court upheld an appellate court decision related to the merging of two neighboring municipalities that the city contends would limit Mayville’s growth.  The Wisconsin Department of Administration accepted the merger request between the Town of Williamstown and the Village of Kekoskee nearly three years ago. The entity would have been named the Village of Williamstown, giving the area ‘home rule.’ That means the new village would have been equal to the city of Mayville when it comes to, among other things, annexing land. City officials in Mayville appealed the state’s decision, saying the move would stunt the city’s growth and affect other areas such as school district population and transportation. The high court’s ruling upheld the appellate court determination that the merger plan was wrongly approved as it violated state statute which does not allow a village to absorb an entire township. It also indicated that Mayville was treated unfairly by the state’s decision because it violated their statutory right to be made a party to the plan. According to state statute, a municipality whose boundary is changed or maintained by a cooperative plan must be included.