History: 1999 a. 146
; 2001 a. 109
County forest road aids. 86.315(1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (1) (fu)
, the department shall annually, on March 10, pay to counties having county forests established under ch. 28
, for the improvement of public roads within the county forests which are open and used for travel and which are not state or county trunk highways or town roads and for which no aids are paid under s. 86.30
, the amount of $336 per mile of road designated in the comprehensive county forest land use plan as approved by the county board and the department of natural resources. If the amount appropriated under s. 20.395 (1) (fu)
is insufficient to make the payments required under this subsection, the department shall prorate the amount appropriated in the manner it considers desirable.
The amounts allotted under this section shall be paid into the county forest road fund and shall be administered by the committee designated to administer the county forest program for the maintenance, brush control, snow plowing and rebuilding of the roads.
County forest roads must meet the minimum design standards under s. 82.50 (1) (a) 2.
in order to qualify for aids under this section.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the committee designated to administer the county forest program shall, not later than September 15 of every odd-numbered year, file with the department and the county clerk a certified plat of the county forests showing the roads to be open and used for travel as of the succeeding January 1. The certified plat shall show the mileage of the roads for use by the department in making computations of road aids under this section.
The committee designated to administer the county forest program need not file a certified plat under par. (a)
if the county has not added or deleted public road mileage within the county forests as specified in sub. (1)
since the committee last filed a certified plat under par. (a)
NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214
, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Connecting highways. 86.32(1)(1)
The department may designate, or rescind the designation of, certain marked routes of the state trunk highway system over the streets or highways in any municipality for which the municipality will be responsible for maintenance and traffic control and the maintenance and operation of any swing or lift bridge. Such maintenance, operation and traffic control of the connecting highways and swing and lift bridges shall be subject to review and approval by the department. Those marked routes of the state trunk highway system designated as connecting streets prior to July 1, 1977, shall become the connecting highways in municipalities which are eligible for aids payments under this section. The character of travel service provided by a route, uniformity of maintenance, the effect on the maintaining agency, and the municipality's maintenance capability will be considerations by the secretary, in cooperation with the municipalities and counties in making changes in the connecting highways of the state trunk highway system in municipalities. The decision of the secretary to designate or rescind a designation may be appealed to the division of hearings and appeals, which may affirm, reverse or modify the secretary's decision.
Cities, villages and towns shall be reimbursed for actual costs, as approved by the department, incurred in maintaining and operating lift bridges. Documentation of costs shall be submitted by each city, village and town by January 31 and reimbursement shall be made, starting in 1982-83, on the first Monday in July for costs incurred during the prior calendar year. If the amount appropriated under s. 20.395 (1) (ft)
is insufficient to pay the actual costs approved by the department for the maintenance and operation of lift bridges, the department shall prorate the amount appropriated in the manner it deems desirable.
Reimbursement for maintenance of connecting highways shall be determined using the following rates per lane mile:
For 1995,1996 and 1997, $10,468 per lane mile for municipalities having a population over 500,000; $9,696 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 150,001 to 500,000; $8,641 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 35,001 to 150,000; $7,612 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 10,000 to 35,000; and $6,558 per lane mile for municipalities having a population under 10,000.
For 1998 and thereafter, $11,724 per lane mile for municipalities having a population over 500,000; $10,860 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 150,001 to 500,000; $9,678 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 35,001 to 150,000; $8,525 per lane mile for municipalities having a population of 10,000 to 35,000; and $7,345 per lane mile for municipalities having a population under 10,000.
For the first 2 lanes of a highway, the applicable rate per lane mile shall be paid in full. For the 2nd 2 lanes of a highway, the payable rate per lane mile shall be 75% of the appropriate rate per lane mile prescribed in this section. For the 3rd 2 lanes, and any additional lanes, of highway, the payable rate per lane mile shall be 50% of the appropriate rate per lane mile prescribed in this section.
For the purpose of this section, the term "lane miles" means miles of through traffic carrying lanes and does not include lanes on which parking is permitted. Lane miles on any section of connecting highway which have been certified by the department for payment purposes under this section shall not be increased unless they are needed for through traffic and approved by the department. The "lane miles" as of January 1, 1977, are the certified lane miles.
The amount appropriated under s. 20.395 (1) (fq)
shall be distributed according to the per lane mile rate established in this subsection.
Annual connecting highway aids shall be paid in 4 installments on the first Monday in July, October, January and April. Unless fiscal year adjustments are necessary, the July and October installments shall equal the January and April installments of the previous fiscal year. If fiscal year adjustments are necessary, the department shall make these fiscal year adjustments in the July installment. If a fiscal year adjustment is made in the July installment, the next subsequent October installment shall equal the average of the most recent January, April and July installments.
If the amount appropriated under s. 20.395 (1) (fq)
is insufficient to make the payments for lane mile reimbursement under this subsection, the department shall prorate the amount appropriated in the manner it deems desirable.
Municipalities may arrange to participate in the cost of improvement projects on connecting highways. When a connecting highway is reconstructed the municipality shall be required to pay to the department the construction cost of that part of the connecting highway on which parking is to be permitted. However, if lanes on which parking is permitted are required for through traffic and parking is no longer allowed, the department shall reimburse the municipality for the remaining life of those lanes based on a pavement life of 25 years and the original municipal cost for the lanes.
Population determination for the purpose of calculating aids under ss. 86.30
shall be based on the final population estimates arrived at by the department of administration under s. 16.96
as of November 30 of the preceding year.
History: 1973 c. 333
; 1977 c. 29
Flood damage aids. 86.34(1)(a)
When any public highway, street, alley or bridge not on the state trunk highway system is damaged by flood, the county highway committee, or the governing body of the municipality having jurisdiction over the maintenance thereof, may adopt a petition for aid under this section and file a certified copy thereof with the department. To be eligible for aid the petition shall be filed not later than 2 months after the occurrence of the flood damage, except as provided in par. (b)
. All such petitions shall state the dates on which the flood damage occurred and as nearly as practical state the location, nature and extent of the damage.
The department may extend the filing deadline under par. (a)
if it appears reasonably likely that federal disaster aid may be forthcoming or when widespread or continuous flooding makes an evaluation of flood damage difficult.
A county or municipality having jurisdiction over the facilities damaged may apply for both state and federal aid for damage to the facilities pending a determination of eligibility. If federal aid is granted for damage to a particular facility, the federal aid shall be in lieu of aid otherwise available for such damage under this section.
The department shall make such investigation as it deems necessary and within 6 months from the date of filing the petition shall make its determination as to the granting of aid, the amount thereof, and the conditions under which it is granted. In making its determination the department shall cause an estimate to be made of the cost of repairing or replacing the facilities damaged or destroyed by the flood to standards and efficiency similar to those previously existing, and also an estimate of the cost of reconstructing to a higher type or improving any such facilities if determined to be warranted and advisable. Except as provided in sub. (2m)
, the amount of aid shall be three-fourths of the cost of repair or replacement to standards similar to those previously existing, plus 50% of the increased cost of the reconstruction to a higher type or the improvement of any of the facilities. The department may revise estimates on the basis of additional facts. The county, town, village or city shall pay the remainder of the cost not allowed as aid, but this shall not invalidate any other provision of the statutes whereby the cost may be shared by the county and the town, village or city.
If the department's estimate under sub. (2)
of the cost of repair or improvement of the facilities determined by the department to be eligible for aid is $15,000 or less, the department shall offer the petitioner an amount of aid equal to 75% of the total amount of the department's estimate. If the petitioner accepts aid under this subsection, the aid shall be paid to the petitioner or, subject to sub. (5)
, the county, and no other form of aid is available under this section for the repair or improvement of such facilities.
Aid allotted under sub. (2)
shall be held to the credit of the county, town, city or village for not more than 2 years or for such other period as the department may grant, and, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall be paid to the treasurer thereof upon presentation to and approval by the department of certified statements setting forth the cost of the construction, reconstruction, repair or improvement of the facilities determined by the department to be eligible for aid. The certified statement shall set forth separately the amount expended on each such facility. The aid to be paid shall be the summation of the amounts determined or revised under sub. (2)
, as adjusted by the certified statements approved by the department. This subsection does not apply to aid awarded under sub. (2m)
Any town, city or village may, and at the discretion of the department shall, arrange to have such work for which aid is granted performed by the county, and in such case, on order of the town, city or village, the aid from the state for such work shall be paid to the county.