Register October No. 814
Chapter NR 166
Subchapter I — General
NR 166.01   Purpose.
NR 166.02   Applicability.
NR 166.03   Definitions.
Subchapter II — Financial Assistance Requirements
NR 166.04   Types of financial assistance available.
NR 166.05   Annual funding policy, project priority list, and funding list.
NR 166.06   Project eligibility.
NR 166.07   Cost eligibility.
NR 166.08   Application process.
NR 166.09   Land ownership and easements documentation.
NR 166.10   Financial assistance requirements.
NR 166.11   Procurement.
NR 166.12   Reimbursement and refinancing.
NR 166.13   Loan interest rates.
NR 166.135   Median household income.
NR 166.14   Financial assistance agreement conditions.
NR 166.15   Financial management.
NR 166.16   Financial assistance disbursements.
NR 166.17   Amendments to a financial assistance agreement.
NR 166.18   Disputes.
NR 166.19   Records and records retention.
NR 166.20   Breach of contract.
NR 166.21   Noncompliance.
NR 166.22   Variances.
Subchapter III — Priority Scoring and Ranking System
NR 166.23   Priority scoring criteria.
NR 166.24   Procedure for determining and updating project priority scores.
NR 166.25   Project ranking system.
Ch. NR 166 Note Note: Chapter NR 166 was created as an emergency rule effective March 18, 1998. Chapter NR 166 as it existed on December 31, 2001 was repealed and a new chapter NR 166 was created effective January 1, 2002. Chapter NR 166 as it existed on May 31, 2007 was repealed and a new chapter NR 166 was created Register May 2007 No. 617, effective June 1, 2007. Chapter NR 166 as it existed on June 30, 2015, was repealed and a new chapter NR 166 was created by CR 14-044, Register June 2015 No. 714, effective July 1, 2015. Chapter NR 166 as it existed on October 31, 2023, was repealed and a new chapter NR 166 was created by CR 22-068, Register October 2023 No. 814, effective November 1, 2023.
subch. I of ch. NR 166 Subchapter I — General
NR 166.01 NR 166.01Purpose. The purposes of this chapter are all of the following:
NR 166.01(1) (1) Establish rules under ss. 281.59 and 281.61, Stats., for the implementation and administration of a financial assistance program for the engineering and construction of public water system projects.
NR 166.01(2) (2) Establish a priority system for the distribution of safe drinking water loan program financial assistance as provided in s. 281.61, Stats., and the mechanisms and methodology to be used to modify the priority system.
NR 166.01 Note Note: All forms necessary for financial assistance under this chapter are available on the department's website. Paper forms may be acquired at no charge from the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Community Financial Assistance, 101 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707–7921. Most information is required to be submitted through the department's online application systems.
NR 166.01 History History: CR 22-068: cr. Register October 2023 No. 814, eff. 11-1-23.
NR 166.02 NR 166.02Applicability. This chapter applies to all applicants for and recipients of financial assistance for the engineering and construction of public water systems made under ss. 281.59 and 281.61, Stats. This rule first applies to financial assistance applications submitted to the department on November 1, 2023. Compliance with the applicable requirements of this chapter is a prerequisite to receiving financial assistance under ss. 281.59 and 281.61, Stats.
NR 166.02 History History: CR 22-068: cr. Register October 2023 No. 814, eff. 11-1-23.
NR 166.03 NR 166.03Definitions. In this chapter:
NR 166.03(1) (1) “ Action level” or “AL” has the meaning given in s. NR 809.04 (1).
NR 166.03(2) (2) “ Amendment” means a formal, written change to an existing legal agreement or contract executed by all parties to the original agreement or contract.
NR 166.03(3) (3) “ American Community Survey” or “ACS” means the nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. bureau of the census to collect demographic, social, housing, and economic data and produce 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year estimates based on population thresholds.
NR 166.03(4) (4) “ Applicant” means any municipality that submits to the department any of the following for financial assistance under this chapter:
NR 166.03(4)(a) (a) Priority evaluation and ranking information as required by the department.
NR 166.03(4)(b) (b) A financial assistance application.
NR 166.03(5) (5) “ Approval” means the written approval of the department.
NR 166.03(6) (6) “ Block group” means a subdivision of a census tract made up of a cluster of blocks having the same first digit of their 4-digit identifying numbers within the tract.
NR 166.03(7) (7) “ Breach of contract” means the failure of the financial assistance recipient to comply with any of the following:
NR 166.03(7)(a) (a) The terms and conditions of the financial assistance agreement.
NR 166.03(7)(b) (b) The terms and conditions of the municipal obligation resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of bonds or notes to the safe drinking water loan program.
NR 166.03(8) (8) “ Capital improvement” means construction resulting in improvements to real property or depreciable property, or both, and adding to the value or useful life of these assets, including structural improvements or improvements that enhance usefulness or productivity. “Capital improvement” includes capital assets that are not structural but are necessary for provision of safe drinking water by a municipality, including trucks and other tangible assets with a single item cost of greater than $5,000.
NR 166.03 Note Note: The following are examples of capital improvements: drilling a new well and constructing a well house; upgrading existing equipment or installing new, more efficient process equipment, such as pumps, or treatment equipment, such as chemical feed equipment; constructing new buildings or facilities; adding to or constructing major renovations of existing facilities; replacing aged or undersized water mains; constructing a water system crossing of a highway, railroad, or waterbody; constructing a watermain loop to eliminate one or more dead ends in the water system; constructing, upgrading, or improving an existing storage tank, including recoating the entire exterior or entire interior, or both, of a storage tank; or installing security, a supervisory control and data acquisition system, or monitoring equipment as part of a scored project. Replacing an old pump with a new pump that is the same size and efficiency as the old pump is not considered a capital improvement; rather, it is maintenance.
NR 166.03(9) (9) “ Census block” means the smallest unit for which the U.S. bureau of the census collects and tabulates population information in the decennial census and income information in the ACS.
NR 166.03(10) (10) “ Census designated place” means a statistical area delineated for each decennial census according to U.S. bureau of the census guidelines for the purpose of presenting census data and ACS data for a concentration of population, housing, and commercial structures that is locally identifiable by name, but is not within an incorporated place.
NR 166.03(11) (11) “ Census tract” means a small, relatively permanent statistical subdivision of a county used in the decennial census and the ACS, delineated for the purpose of presenting data, typically following visible features or governmental boundaries or both, including approximately 4,000 inhabitants, and designed to be a relatively homogeneous unit with respect to population characteristics, economic status, and living conditions.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.