1999 WISCONSIN ACT 97
An Act relating to: repealing, consolidating, renumbering, amending and revising various provisions of the statutes for the purpose of correcting errors, supplying omissions, correcting and clarifying references, and eliminating defects, anachronisms, conflicts, ambiguities and obsolete provisions (Revision Bill).
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
Note: None of the changes made by this bill are intended to be substantive.
97, s. s. 1
80.01 (1) (title) of the statutes is renumbered 80.01 (1m) (title) and amended to read:
80.01 (1m) (title) Validation of highways
Note: The majority of the text of s. 80.01 (1) is moved to s. 80.01 (1m) so that a definition can be properly located at the beginning of the section. See the next 2 sections of this bill.
97, s. s. 2
80.01 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
80.01 (1) Definition.
All highways laid out by the town supervisors, the county board or by a committee of the board, or by commissioners appointed by the legislature, or by any other authority, and recorded, any portion of which has been opened and worked for 3 years are legal highways so far as they have been so opened and worked. The filing of an In this section, "recorded highway" means a highway for which the order laying out any the highway, or a certified copy
thereof of the order, has been filed in the office of the clerk of the town or the county in which the highway is situated is a recording of such highway within the meaning of this section.
Note: Separates a definition into a separate subsection in accordance with current style and reorders text to fit within the current format for a definition. The stricken language is moved to s. 80.01 (1m) by the next section of this bill.
97, s. s. 3
80.01 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
80.01 (1m) Any recorded highway that has been laid out by the town supervisors, the county board or by a committee of the board, or by commissioners appointed by the legislature, or by any other authority, any portion of which has been opened and worked for 3 years is a legal highway to the extent that it has been opened and worked. Any laid out highway that has not been fully and sufficiently described or recorded or for which the records have been lost or destroyed is presumed to be 66 feet wide.
Note: The first sentence of this subsection is moved from s. 80.01 (1). The second sentence is moved from the end of sub. (2) as drafting records indicate that the presumption of width originally applies to this provision and is not needed in sub. (2) due to the insertion of the same presumption after the 1st clause in that subsection by ch. 70 of the Laws of 1949. The language of both sentences is reordered and modified from the original and "rods" is replaced by "feet" for improved readability and conformity with current style.
97, s. s. 4
80.01 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 80.01 (2) (a) and amended to read:
80.01 (2) (a) All highways not recorded which have Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), any unrecorded highway that has been worked as a public highways highway for 10 years or more are is a public highways, highway and are is presumed to be 4 rods 66 feet wide, except that roads and bridges.
(b) No road or bridge built upon the bottoms and sloughs of the Mississippi River by citizens or municipalities a municipality of any other state shall
not become a legal highways highway or a charge upon the town in which they are situated the road is located unless upon petition they are the highway is legally laid out by the town supervisors; nor shall any grant of.
(c) No lands granted for highway purposes, which has that did not become a legal highway prior to the first day of July 1, 1913, shall become
effective for such purposes, a legal highway unless the grant is accepted by the town board or by the town meeting of the town wherein the lands and proposed highway are situated located, and until a resolution of such acceptance of the grant is recorded in the office of the town clerk; and in case any such laid out highways have not been fully and sufficiently described or recorded or if the records have been lost or destroyed the presumption shall be that they were laid 4 rods wide.
Note: Subdivides long sentence, replaces "rods" with "feet", changes from plural forms to the singular and otherwise reorders text for improved readability and conformity with current style. Par. (c) previously referred to a grant not becoming a highway when to be grammatically correct it should have referred to the granted lands not becoming highways and was written viewing July 1, 1913 prospectively. The language of par. (c) is adjusted accordingly.
97, s. s. 5
80.04 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
80.04 (1) No supervisor shall may act in laying out, altering, widening or discontinuing any highway in which the supervisor may be personally interested. If one supervisor is interested the other two 2 supervisors shall act; if two. If 2 supervisors are interested the third 3rd supervisor shall act in the matter.
Note: Shortens sentences, replaces word form of numbers with digits and replaces language for greater readability and conformity with current style.
97, s. s. 6
80.04 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
80.04 (2) Whenever there shall be less
are fewer than two 2 supervisors in any a town, the petition application authorized by s. 80.02 may be made to the county board, which shall thereupon promptly appoint a committee of three 3 of its members. Said The committee shall proceed and act upon such petition the application in the same manner and with the same powers in every respect as the supervisors of such the town might do.
Note: Replaces word form of numbers with digits and replaces language for greater readability and conformity with current style.
97, s. s. 7
80.08 of the statutes is amended to read:
80.08 Width of highways. Except as
otherwise expressly provided by in s. 80.13, highways shall be laid out at least three rods 49.5 feet wide, and when no width is specified in the order the highway shall be 4 rods
66 feet wide.
Note: Replaces "rods" with a more common unit of measurement.
97, s. s. 8
80.11 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
80.11 (1) Whenever it shall be deemed
is considered necessary to lay out, alter, widen or discontinue a highway upon the line between two 2 towns, or extending from one town into an adjoining town, it shall be done by the supervisors of said the 2 towns acting together, and if such. If the highway is laid out or altered it may be either upon or as near to the town line or as near thereto as the situation of the ground will admit; and they. The supervisors of the 2 towns acting together may vary the same location on either on one side or the other of such the town line as they may deem consider to be necessary.
97, s. s. 9
80.11 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 80.11 (2) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:
80.11 (2) (a) (intro.) The An application therefor under sub. (1) shall be in all of the following:
1. In duplicate, addressed.
2. Addressed to the supervisors of both towns, and be signed.
3. Signed by at least 6 resident freeholders in each town; and be delivered
4. Delivered to a supervisor or the clerk of each town.
(b) Upon receipt of such an application under par. (a), the supervisors shall promptly fix a, and give notice of, the time when and place for deciding thereon, and give notice thereof where the application will be decided. The notices of the time and place of meeting notice shall be signed all of the following:
1. Signed by a majority of the supervisors of each town, and published.
2. Published as a class 2 notice, under ch. 985, in said each of the towns, and served.
3. Served as required by s. 80.05.
(c) A majority of the supervisors of each town shall meet jointly at the time and place named in the notice under par. (b) to decide upon such
the application and to sign the order and the award of damages, and in all other things the. The proceedings shall be the same as
are required by law in laying out, altering, widening or discontinuing highways located wholly within a one town. The orders, awards, notices and all papers shall be in duplicate, and one duplicate of each shall be filed with each town clerk, and the. The order shall be recorded in each town clerk's office.
97, s. s. 10
80.11 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 80.11 (3) (a) and amended to read:
80.11 (3) (a) The said supervisors, upon laying out, altering or widening such highway may determine, in the order, what under sub. (2) (c) may designate the part of such the highway that shall be made and kept in repair by each town, and what the share of the damages, if any, that shall be paid by each; and each town. Each town shall have all of the rights and be subject to the liabilities in relation to the part of such the highway to be made or repaired by it as if it were wholly located in such
that town. If no such apportionment shall have been made in the order laying out, altering or widening such highway or any part thereof; or if such highway or any part thereof shall have had its origin in user; or if in the judgment of said supervisors circumstances have so altered since the last previous apportionment or reapportionment of such highway or any part thereof as to render the same inequitable or impracticable, a
(b) 1. (intro.) A majority of the supervisors of each town, meeting together, may make such an order in accordance with par. (a) apportioning or reapportioning such a town line highway or any part thereof as of the highway that they may deem consider advisable, which if any of the following conditions exists:
2. An order made under this paragraph shall be filed as hereinbefore provided. When so made such order in sub. (2) (c) and shall be of have the same force and effect as an order made in connection with the original laying out of such the highway.
(c) Any written order or agreement made before August 27, 1947 made, by a majority of the supervisors of each town concerned, acting together, apportioning or reapportioning a town line highway is hereby validated and shall be of has the same force and effect as though made on or after said date. Where flowage crosses and covers a portion of a town line road, then that part of such order which previously fixed their respective liabilities shall be deemed vacated August 27, 1947.
97, s. s. 11
80.11 (3) (b) 1. a., b. and c. of the statutes are created to read:
80.11 (3) (b) 1. a. No apportionment has been made in an order laying out, altering or widening the highway or a part of the highway.
b. The highway or a part of the highway had its origin in user.
c. In the judgment of the supervisors circumstances have been so altered since the last apportionment of the highway or part of the highway that the apportionment or reapportionment has been rendered inequitable or impracticable.
97, s. s. 12
80.11 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 80.11 (4) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:
80.11 (4) (a) (intro.) If by any change of the boundaries of either or both such towns including that caused by flowage the The part of an order fixing the liabilities of towns in regard to a town line highway is vacated if any of the following occurs:
1. The territory of either shall be
town is increased or diminished, or in the event a by a change of the boundaries of either town including a change caused by flowage.
2. A portion of said the town line highway is or has been taken over by the state or county under the state or county highway system, or if a.
3. A new town or village be is formed out of a part of the territory of either or both of said the towns, having a portion of such the town line highway within its borders or if a.
4. A portion of a town line road
highway is crossed and covered by flowage, that part of such order fixing their liabilities shall be deemed vacated, and a.
(b) 1. In the event that an order or part of an order is vacated under par. (a) 1., 2. or 4., a majority of the supervisors of each such town that is party to the order shall, before the time for making the next tax roll, meet together with a majority of the supervisors of such new town or with the president of such village, and all of them when so convened shall, if they can agree, and attempt to make a new order apportioning the liabilities on account of such the highway, which shall be filed as hereinbefore provided in sub. (2) (c).
Note: Subdivides provision, reorders text and moves stricken material to a separate subdivision for greater readability and conformity with current style. See the next section of this bill.