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281.49(10)(a)2. 2. The cost of any testing of septage conducted by the system.
281.49(10)(a)3. 3. The cost of treating septage by the system. This cost may vary based on the quantity and type of the septage.
281.49(10)(a)4. 4. The portion of the system's additional administrative and personnel costs for accepting the septage not reflected in the costs identified in subds. 2. and 3.
281.49(10)(b) (b) In determining its actual costs under par. (a) 1. to 4., a municipal sewage system may include any associated cost of capital, debt service, operation, and maintenance, and any other type of cost used by a municipal sewage system in establishing fees for the treatment and disposal of sewage by its customers connected to the system.
281.49(11) (11)Review of septage disposal fees.
281.49(11)(a)(a) Each municipal sewage system shall establish a procedure to review a septage disposal fee charged by the system that is disputed by a licensed disposer.
281.49(11)(b) (b) Upon the request of a licensed disposer, a municipal sewage system shall use the procedure established by the system under par. (a) to review whether a septage disposal fee charged by the system for the quantity and type of septage specified by the licensed disposer conforms with sub. (5) (c) 4.
281.49(11)(c) (c) After pursuing the review of a septage disposal fee under par. (b), a licensed disposer may request the staff of the public service commission to informally review the disputed septage disposal fee. If the staff determine that there is sufficient basis for a dispute regarding the fee and that use of the procedure under par. (b) is not likely to resolve the dispute, the staff may agree to review the disputed septage disposal fee. Based on its review, the staff may recommend a reasonable septage disposal fee that conforms with sub. (5) (c) 4.
281.49(11)(d) (d) If the use of the procedure under par. (c) does not lead to resolution of the dispute, the licensed disposer requesting the review under par. (c) may make a written request to the public service commission for review of the disputed septage disposal fee under s. 66.0821 (5) or 200.59 (5).
281.49(11)(e) (e) Upon the request of a licensed disposer, or the public service commission or its staff, a municipal sewage system shall provide information to the requester concerning the basis of its septage disposal fees. A municipal sewage system shall provide to the public service commission or its staff any other information that the commission or its staff requests related to a review under par. (c) or (d).
281.49(12) (12)Notice of septage disposal increases. Each municipal sewage system shall notify each licensed disposer currently approved under sub. (5) (b) to dispose of septage in the system of any increase in a disposal fee applicable to the licensed disposer at least 60 days prior to imposing the increased disposal fee. The notice shall include a description of how the system calculated the new disposal fee.
281.49 History History: 1983 a. 410; 1989 a. 31, 359; 1995 a. 227 s. 409; Stats. 1995 s. 281.49; 2005 a. 347; 2009 a. 180.
281.49 Note NOTE: 2005 Wis. Act 347, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
subch. V of ch. 281 SUBCHAPTER V
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
281.51 281.51 Financial assistance program; local water quality planning.
281.51(1)(1) Definitions. As used in this section:
281.51(1)(a) (a) "Designated local agency" means the designated local agency under section 208 of the federal act.
281.51(1)(b) (b) "Federal act" means the federal water pollution control act amendments of 1972, P.L. 92-500, 86 Stat. 816.
281.51(1)(c) (c) "Local governmental unit" means a political subdivision of this state, a special purpose district in this state, an instrumentality or corporation of such a political subdivision or special purpose district, a combination or subunit of any of the foregoing or an instrumentality of the state and any of the foregoing.
281.51(2) (2)State water quality planning assistance program; designated local agencies.
281.51(2)(a)(a) The department shall administer a program to provide state assistance to designated local agencies for water quality planning activities.
281.51(2)(b) (b) The department shall establish grant eligibility criteria for designated planning agencies seeking state assistance for water quality planning activities. The department shall consider the capacity of an agency to conduct areawide planning activities in establishing these eligibility criteria.
281.51(2)(c) (c) A designated planning agency may receive state assistance to conduct water quality planning activities if:
281.51(2)(c)1. 1. The designated planning agency agrees to provide planning matching funds. At a minimum, the department shall require the designated planning agency to agree to provide planning matching funds in an amount equal to the state assistance. The department may require the designated planning agency to agree to provide local matching funds in a higher amount.
281.51(2)(c)2. 2. The designated planning agency meets all grant eligibility criteria.
281.51(3) (3)State water quality planning assistance; other local governmental units. The department may provide financial assistance for water quality planning activities to local governmental units that are not designated local agencies.
281.51 History History: 1979 c. 221; 1985 a. 29; 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 227 s. 423; Stats. 1995 s. 281.51.
281.53 281.53 Municipal clean drinking water grants.
281.53(1) (1) The department may award a municipal clean drinking water grant, from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tb), to a municipality for capital costs to achieve compliance with standards for contaminants established by the department by rule under the safe drinking water program under s. 281.17 (8), if the municipality is not in compliance with those standards on or after April 1, 1990, if the municipality incurs the capital costs after January 1, 1989, and if the violation of the standards for contaminants occurs in a public water system owned by the municipality.
281.53(2) (2) The department shall approve grants under this section equal to 90% of the amount by which the reasonable and necessary capital costs of achieving compliance with the standards for contaminants exceed an amount equal to $25 times the population that is served by the contaminated public water system for which a grant is sought if the reasonable and necessary capital costs of achieving compliance with those standards are an amount equal to an amount that is greater than $150 times the population that is served by the contaminated water system.
281.53(3) (3) The department shall rank applicants for grants under this section on the basis of the severity of risk to human health posed by each applicant's violation of the standards for contaminants. If insufficient funds are available for providing grants to eligible municipalities, the department shall allocate grants based on the severity of risk to human health.
281.53(4) (4) The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of the program under this section that include the establishment of which capital costs are eligible for reimbursement and the method for ranking applicants under sub. (3).
281.53 History History: 1989 a. 366; 1991 a. 32; 1995 a. 227 s. 399; Stats. 1995 a. 281.53; 1995 a. 378 s. 44; 1997 a. 35.
281.55 281.55 Financial assistance program.
281.55(1) (1) The legislature finds that state financial assistance for the construction and financing of pollution prevention and abatement facilities is a public purpose and a proper state government function in that the state is trustee of the waters of the state and that such financial assistance is necessary to protect the purity of state waters.
281.55(2) (2) In order that the construction of pollution prevention and abatement facilities necessary to the protection of state waters be encouraged, a state program of assistance to municipalities and school districts for the financing of such facilities is established and a program of state advances in anticipation of federal aid reimbursement is established to meet the state's water quality standards. These state programs shall be administered by the department of natural resources and the department shall make such rules as are necessary for the proper execution of the state program.
281.55(2m) (2m) In this section "estimated reasonable costs" include the costs of preliminary planning to determine the economic and engineering feasibility of pollution prevention and abatement facilities, the engineering, architectural, legal, fiscal and economic investigations and studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications, procedures and other action necessary to the construction of pollution prevention and abatement facilities and the erection, building, acquisition, alteration, remodeling, improvement or extension of pollution prevention and abatement facilities and the inspection and supervision of the construction of pollution prevention and abatement facilities.
281.55(3) (3)
281.55(3)(a)(a) The department shall establish criteria to determine those municipalities and school districts and projects which are eligible for the state program and to determine appropriate priorities among the projects.
281.55(3)(c) (c) All municipalities and school districts are eligible for agreements under sub. (6) (b) based on the criteria in this paragraph. The criteria shall consider the health hazards of existing conditions, the extent and nature of pollution, per capita costs of the project, property valuation of the municipalities or school districts as equalized by the state, income of the residents in the municipalities or school districts, the availability of federal funds for the project, soil conditions, the feasibility and practicality of the project, the borrowing capacity of the municipality or school district and any other factors which the department considers important. Municipalities or school districts commencing projects but not completed prior to January 18, 1970, shall be deemed eligible for agreements under sub. (6) (b). School district projects are not eligible if the project is located within the corporate limits of a city or of a village with an operating municipal sewage system.
281.55(4) (4) Municipalities or school districts which desire to participate in the state program shall submit application for participation to the department. The application shall be in such form and include such information as the department prescribes.
281.55(5) (5) The department shall review applications for participation in the state program. It shall determine those applications which meet the criteria it established under sub. (3), and shall arrange the applications in appropriate priority order.
281.55(6) (6) The department may enter into agreement with municipalities and school districts to provide state assistance for the financing of those pollution prevention and abatement facilities projects it approves under sub. (5).
281.55(6)(b) (b) The department may enter into agreements with municipalities and school districts to make payments to them from the appropriations made by s. 20.866 (2) (tm).
281.55(6)(b)1. 1. These payments shall not exceed 50% of the approved project in conjunction with the state program of advancement in anticipation of federal reimbursement under sub. (2). To provide for the financing of pollution prevention and abatement facilities, the natural resources board, with the approval of the governor, subject to the limits of s. 20.866 (2) (tm) may direct that state debt be contracted as set forth in subd. 2. and subject to the limits set therein. Said debts shall be contracted for in the manner and form as the legislature hereafter prescribes.
281.55(6)(b)2. 2. It is the intent of the legislature that state debt not to exceed $150,850,000 in the 10-year period from 1969 to 1979 may be incurred for state water pollution and abatement assistance.
281.55(6)(e) (e) The department shall review and approve the plans and specifications of all facilities designed and constructed by agreement under this section.
281.55(7) (7) This section shall be construed liberally in aid of the purposes declared in sub. (1).
281.55(8) (8) After June 30, 1979, the department may not enter into any agreements or contracts under sub. (6) (b), but the department shall continue to make payments on existing agreements and contracts until the terms of the agreements and contracts are fully satisfied.
281.55 History History: 1971 c. 95; 1975 c. 39 s. 734; 1977 c. 29; 1979 c. 34 ss. 974 to 976, 2102 (39) (a); 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 269; 1995 a. 227 s. 421; Stats. 1995 s. 281.55.
281.55 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 125, Wis. adm. code.
281.56 281.56 Financial assistance program; sewerage systems.
281.56(1)(1) The financial assistance program established under this section is to be used only if the applicant is unable to receive assistance in a timely manner from the federal government and supplementary funding program established under s. 281.55. Receipt of aid under this section makes the applicant ineligible for aid under s. 281.55.
281.56(2) (2) There is established a state program of assistance to municipalities and unincorporated areas for the purpose of financing the construction of water pollution abatement and sewage collection systems. The program shall be administered by the department which shall make such rules as are necessary for the proper execution of the program.
281.56(3) (3)
281.56(3)(a)(a) The department shall establish criteria to determine those municipalities and projects which are eligible for the state program and to determine appropriate priorities by rule among the projects.
281.56(3)(b) (b) All municipalities having a population of less than 10,000 are eligible for agreements under sub. (6) based on the criteria in this paragraph. The criteria shall consider the health hazards of existing conditions, the adequacy of the existing water pollution abatement system, per capita costs of the project, property valuation of the municipalities as equalized by the state, income of the residents in the municipalities, the availability of federal funds for the project and the borrowing capacity of the municipality. Highest priority shall initially be given to projects which have completed all necessary planning and engineering and any other factors which the department considers important. Municipalities commencing projects not completed prior to June 29, 1974 are eligible for agreements under sub. (6).
281.56(4) (4) Municipalities which desire to participate in the state program shall submit application for participation to the department. The application shall be in such form and include such information as the department prescribes.
281.56(5) (5) The department shall review applications for participation in the state program. It shall determine those applications which meet the criteria it established under sub. (3) and shall arrange the applications in appropriate priority order.
281.56(6) (6)
281.56(6)(a)(a) Upon approval of an application, the department may enter into an agreement with the municipality to pay from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tm) an amount not to exceed 50% of the estimated reasonable costs of the approved project. The agreement shall be for such duration and subject to such terms as the department may prescribe. The department shall not grant any municipality more than 10% of the funds available under s. 20.866 (2) (tm) for a given year.
281.56(6)(b) (b) In this subsection "estimated reasonable costs" include the costs of preliminary planning to determine the economic and engineering feasibility of a proposed sewerage system, the engineering, architectural, legal, fiscal and economic investigations and studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications, procedures and other action necessary to the construction of the project and the erection, building, acquisition, alteration, remodeling, improvement or extension of system facilities and the inspection and supervision of the construction of such facilities.
281.56(7) (7) The department shall review and approve the plans and specifications of all facilities designed and constructed by agreement under this section.
281.56(8) (8) After June 30, 1978, the department may not enter into any agreements or contracts under this section, but the department shall continue to make payments on existing agreements and contracts until the terms of the agreements and contracts are fully satisfied.
281.56 History History: 1973 c. 333; 1977 c. 418; 1995 a. 227 s. 422; Stats. 1995 s. 281.56.
281.56 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 126, Wis. adm. code.
281.57 281.57 Financial assistance program; point source pollution abatement.
281.57(1)(1) Legislative intent. The legislature finds that state financial assistance for facility planning, engineering design and construction of point source pollution abatement facilities is a public purpose and a proper state government function in that the state is the trustee of the waters of the state and that this financial assistance is necessary to protect the purity of state waters. In order that facility planning, engineering design and construction of point source pollution abatement facilities necessary to the protection of state waters be encouraged, a state program of assistance to municipalities for the financing of these activities is established. The legislature further finds that in order for the construction of point source pollution abatement facilities to proceed in an expeditious manner it is appropriate to meet the costs through the issuance of public debt, extending the financial obligation incurred over a generation of beneficiaries of these facilities.
281.57(2) (2)Administration; rules. The state's point source pollution abatement program shall be administered by the department. The department shall make such rules as are necessary for the proper execution of the program.
281.57(3) (3)Definitions. In this section:
281.57(3)(a) (a) "Federal act" means the federal water pollution control act P.L. 92-500, as amended.
281.57(3)(b) (b) "Point source pollution abatement facilities" means those facilities eligible for financial assistance under title II of the federal act.
281.57(3)(c) (c) "State program" means the program of financial assistance for point source pollution abatement established under this section.
281.57(4) (4)Eligibility.
281.57(4)(a)(a) The department shall, by rule, specify criteria for determining eligible municipalities and projects for funding by grants under this section. Where a municipality is serviced by more than one sewerage district for wastewater pollution abatement, each service area of the municipality shall be considered as a separate municipality for purposes of obtaining financial assistance under the state program. Except as provided in this subsection, the department shall promulgate rules which specify criteria for determining eligible participants and projects which comply with the federal act and rules promulgated under the federal act.
281.57(4)(b)1.1. Eligible projects relating to collection systems include only the following:
281.57(4)(b)1.a. a. A collection system in an unsewered municipality which is constructing a new wastewater treatment plant and collection system rehabilitation which is necessary to maintain the total integrity of a sewerage system.
281.57(4)(b)1.b. b. A collection system which the department orders under s. 281.43 (1) notwithstanding the outcome of the annexation referendum under s. 281.43 (1m). Notwithstanding sub. (7) (a) and any rules promulgated under this section, the department shall award funding under this subd. 1. b. in an amount that totals 60% of all costs of the project, rather than of eligible costs of the project.
281.57(4)(b)1.c. c. A collection system in an unsewered community which is being connected to an existing wastewater treatment plant if the municipality applied to the department under sub. (5) for financial assistance on or after January 1, 1986, and the municipality received, before January 1, 1987, a notice under sub. (6) that the department was ready to allocate funds to the municipality.
281.57(4)(b)2. 2. Funding may not be provided for that portion of any project related to industrial capacity that is defined under 33 USC 1284 (b) (1), as amended on May 16, 1978, as subject to industrial cost recovery. Notwithstanding the federal act and regulations promulgated under that act, the state program does not require an industrial cost recovery system.
281.57(4)(b)3. 3. The amount of reserve capacity for treatment works eligible for grant assistance is limited to that future capacity required to serve the users of the treatment works expected to exist within the service area of the project 10 years from the time the treatment works are estimated to become operational or, in the case of interceptor sewers and associated appurtenances, the estimated date of operation. The department, in consultation with the demographic services center in the department of administration under s. 16.96, shall promulgate rules defining procedures for projecting population used in determining the amount of reserve capacity.
281.57(4)(c)1.1. Every applicant seeking grants for construction purposes under this section shall complete a staged facility planning, engineering design and environmental analysis sequence developed by the department. The department shall model the required sequence after the staged planning, design and environmental analysis sequence under title II of the federal act.
281.57(4)(c)2. 2. If sources of funding for the facility planning prescribed under this paragraph are not available for these activities, grants provided under this section may pay 50% of the cost of facility planning.
281.57(4)(c)2m. 2m. Amendments or applications for facility planning grants received after March 1, 1987, shall be funded at 50% of the cost of the facility planning.
281.57(4)(c)3. 3. If sources of funding for the engineering design prescribed under this paragraph are not available for these activities, grants provided under this section may pay 75% of the cost of engineering design activities.
281.57(4)(c)4. 4. Engineering design cost grants made from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tn) shall be awarded at the time a construction grant is awarded and may be awarded only if an advance commitment for reimbursement is made under sub. (9m).
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)