Register February 2013 No. 686
Chapter Trans 30
Trans 30.01   Purpose and scope.
Trans 30.02   Definitions.
Trans 30.03   Eligibility.
Trans 30.04   Application procedures.
Trans 30.05   Standards for the approval of loans.
Trans 30.06   Loan agreement.
Trans 30.07   Disbursement of funds.
Trans 30.08   Prosecution of work.
Trans 30.09   Loan repayment.
Trans 30.10   Inspection of work.
Trans 30.11   Audit and inspection of records.
Trans 30.01 Trans 30.01Purpose and scope. The purpose of this chapter is to provide loans to railroad and public utility companies to encourage them to alter or relocate their facilities in advance of the department awarding contracts on state trunk and connecting highway improvement projects where such alteration or relocation work is not otherwise reimbursable by the department. Loans shall be repaid with or without interest, as prescribed in s. 84.065 (3) (d), Stats.
Trans 30.01 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1991, No. 421, eff. 2-1-91.
Trans 30.02 Trans 30.02Definitions.
Trans 30.02(1) (1) The definition of words and phrases in s. 84.065(2), Stats., apply to this chapter. In this chapter:
Trans 30.02(2) (2) “Alteration” means changing, modifying or adjusting railroad or public utility facilities.
Trans 30.02(3) (3) “Applicant” means a railroad company or a public utility company applying for a loan under this chapter.
Trans 30.02(4) (4) “Connecting highway” has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (9), Stats.
Trans 30.02(5) (5) “Department” means the department of transportation.
Trans 30.02(6) (6) “Improvement” has the meaning given in s. 84.06 (1), Stats.
Trans 30.02(7) (7) “Loan agreement” means a signed document which sets forth the understandings between an applicant and the department for alteration or relocation of facilities and disbursement and repayment of funds.
Trans 30.02(8) (8) “Loan ceiling” means the maximum amount of money that the department will loan to a single applicant.
Trans 30.02(9) (9) “Recipient” means a railroad or public utility company granted a loan under this chapter.
Trans 30.02(10) (10) “Relocation” means establishing an existing railroad or public utility facility in a new place.
Trans 30.02(11) (11) “Secretary” means the secretary of transportation.
Trans 30.02(12) (12) “State trunk highway” has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (60), Stats.
Trans 30.02 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1991, No. 421, eff. 2-1-91.
Trans 30.03 Trans 30.03Eligibility.
Trans 30.03(1) (1)State trunk or connecting highway improvement project. Only a railroad or a public utility is eligible for a loan under this chapter. An alteration or relocation project shall be part of a planned state trunk or connecting highway improvement project to qualify for a loan under this chapter.
Trans 30.03(2) (2)Exclusions.
Trans 30.03(2)(a)(a) Alteration or relocation work which is reimbursable by the department under other policies or programs is not eligible for a loan under this chapter.
Trans 30.03(2)(b) (b) Alteration or relocation projects not adversely affecting the ability of the department's highway contractor to start, progress, and complete a highway improvement in accordance with the programmed highway construction schedule are not eligible for a loan under this chapter.
Trans 30.03 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1991, No. 421, eff. 2-1-91.
Trans 30.04 Trans 30.04Application procedures.
Trans 30.04(1) (1)Application packet. Applicants may contact either the department's chief utilities engineer or the utilities engineer of a department region office for an application packet containing the application requirements and a description of the application screening, evaluation and loan availability process.
Trans 30.04 Note Note: The central office address is Chief Utilities Engineer, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 7916, Madison, WI 53707.
Trans 30.04(2) (2)Review process. Completed applications shall be sent for initial review and recommendation to the department's region office in which the alteration or relocation work is to take place. Applications shall be accepted by the department throughout the year. Applications will not be evaluated for eligibility unless all information required in the application packet is complete. The region office's review shall be completed within 45 days of the receipt of the application material and the region office's recommendation shall be reported to the applicant within 10 days following completion of the region office's review. Applications recommended for approval by the region office shall be forwarded to the department's state design engineer for highways within 10 days following completion of the region office's review. The department shall notify the applicant of its final decision within 30 days of receipt of the region office's recommendation by the state design engineer for highways.
Trans 30.04(3) (3)Information requirements.
Trans 30.04(3)(a)(a) An application shall demonstrate an applicant's need to alter or relocate its facilities consistent with s. Trans 30.01, and include the following minimum information:
Trans 30.04(3)(a)1. 1. An acknowledgement that the applicant will comply with all federal and state laws and local ordinances relating to the alteration or relocation of its facilities.
Trans 30.04(3)(a)2. 2. A narrative description, supported by exhibits, plats, maps and an estimate of cost with manhours, quantities, bill of materials and unit costs, of all work to be performed with the loan funds.
Trans 30.04(3)(a)3. 3. A statement indicating whether additional land interests are required to accomplish the alteration or relocation work. If additional land interests are required, the applicant shall provide plats, maps and descriptions of the required land interests, and shall indicate whether it will acquire the additional land interests or whether it will occupy lands acquired by the department for highway purposes.
Trans 30.04(3)(a)4. 4. A schedule, including specific calendar dates, for starting and completing the work, including dates for completion of significant intermediate phases of the work.
Trans 30.04(3)(b) (b) The department may require supplemental information to complete its review of an application. The department shall notify an applicant in writing of any supplemental information required and shall set reasonable deadlines for the receipt of this information. If the supplemental information is not received by the deadlines established, the department may remove the application from consideration.
Trans 30.04 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1991, No. 421, eff. 2-1-91; corrections in (1), (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686.
Trans 30.05 Trans 30.05Standards for the approval of loans.
Trans 30.05(1)(1)Criteria. The department may approve applications that satisfy the following criteria:
Trans 30.05(1)(a) (a) The eligibility requirements of s. Trans 30.03.
Trans 30.05(1)(b) (b) The applicant has been in business in Wisconsin for a continuous period of not less than 5 years prior to the date of the loan application.
Trans 30.05(1)(c) (c) The loan request is for at least $20,000 but not more than $200,000.
Trans 30.05(1)(d) (d) A demonstration of the ability of the applicant to repay the loan within the time frame prescribed in s. Trans 30.09.
Trans 30.05(1)(e) (e) An applicant may not have a total of more than $200,000 in loan funds outstanding under this program at one time.
Trans 30.05(1)(f) (f) Sufficient funds are available.
Trans 30.05(2) (2)Compatibility with improvement program.
Trans 30.05(2)(a)(a) The department may not grant a loan unless it determines that an application is compatible with the department's highway improvement program construction schedules.
Trans 30.05(2)(b) (b) The department shall consider loan applications on the basis of state-wide needs and importance.
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