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CHAPTER 279
LOWER FOX RIVER REMEDIATION AUTHORITY
279.01   Definitions.
279.02   Creation and organization.
279.03   Powers of authority.
279.04   Expenses.
279.05   Application for bond issuance.
279.06   Approval of application and issuance of bonds.
279.07   Assessments.
279.08   Bond security.
279.09   Refunding bonds.
279.10   Bonds not public debt.
279.11   State pledge.
279.17   Trust funds.
279.18   Rights of bondholders.
279.19   Investment of funds.
279.20   Investment authorization.
279.21   Reports and records.
279.01 279.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
279.01(1) (1) "Affected property" means real property in this state that is owned by a person who, with respect to the property, is responsible for waterway improvement costs due to discharges from the property into the Fox River extending from Lake Winnebago to the mouth of the river in Lake Michigan and any portion of Green Bay in Lake Michigan containing sediments affected by discharges into the Fox River.
279.01(2) (2) "Authority" means the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority.
279.01(3) (3) "Board" means the board of directors of the authority.
279.01(4) (4) "Bond" means, except in s. 279.19 (1) (a), a bond, note, or other obligation of the authority issued under this chapter, including a refunding bond.
279.01(5) (5) "Bond resolution" means a resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of, or providing terms and conditions related to, bonds and includes, when appropriate, any trust agreement or trust indenture providing terms and conditions for the bonds.
279.01(6) (6) "Consenting landowner" means a person who owns affected property, or a parent or subsidiary of such a person, who requests the authority to issue bonds for waterway improvement costs, and who consents to the levy of an assessment on the affected property.
279.01(7) (7) "Waterway improvement" means any of the following actions, taken under an administrative or judicial order or decree or an administratively or judicially approved agreement, related to discharges into the Fox River:
279.01(7)(a) (a) Determining whether a discharge occurred, whether the discharge poses a significant threat to human health and the environment, or whether additional remedial actions may be required with respect to a discharge.
279.01(7)(b) (b) Conducting a feasibility study.
279.01(7)(c) (c) Planning for remedial action or removal.
279.01(7)(d) (d) Conducting remedial action or removal.
279.01(8) (8) "Waterway improvement costs" means the costs of waterway improvements and any of the following:
279.01(8)(a) (a) The reasonable costs of financing provided by the authority and associated administrative costs incurred by the authority.
279.01(8)(b) (b) The fees and charges imposed by the authority or by others in connection with the financing.
279.01(8)(c) (c) A reserve for payment of the principal and interest on bonds issued by the authority.
279.01 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.02 279.02 Creation and organization.
279.02(1) (1) There is created a public body politic and corporate to be known as the "Lower Fox River Remediation Authority." The board shall consist of 7 members nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, for 7-year terms. Members of the board shall be residents of the state, and not more than 4 of the members may be members of the same political party. The terms of the members expire on June 30. Each member's appointment remains in effect until a successor is appointed. Annually, the governor shall appoint one member as chairperson and the board shall elect one member as vice chairperson.
279.02(2) (2) The board shall appoint an executive director and may appoint an associate executive director who may not be members of the board and who shall serve at the pleasure of the board. The board shall determine the compensation of the executive director and any associate executive director, except that the compensation of the executive director may not exceed the maximum of the salary range established under s. 20.923 (1) for positions assigned to executive salary group 4 and the compensation of each other employee of the authority may not exceed the maximum of the salary range established under s. 20.923 (1) for positions assigned to executive salary group 3. The executive director, associate executive director, or other person designated by resolution of the board shall keep a record of the proceedings of the authority and shall be custodian of all books, documents, and papers filed with the authority, the minute book or journal of the authority, and its official seal. The executive director, associate executive director, or other person may cause copies to be made of all minutes and other records and documents of the authority and may give certificates under the official seal of the authority to the effect that the copies are true copies, and all persons dealing with the authority may rely upon the certificates.
279.02(3) (3) Four members of the board constitute a quorum. The affirmative vote of a majority of all of the members of the board is necessary for any action taken by the authority. A vacancy in the membership of the board does not impair the right of a quorum to exercise all of the rights and perform all of the duties of the authority. Each meeting of the board shall be open to the public. Notice of meetings, or waivers thereof, shall be as provided in the bylaws of the authority. Resolutions of the authority need not be published or posted. The board may delegate by resolution to one or more of its members or the executive director the powers and duties that it considers proper.
279.02(4) (4) The members of the board shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties as members, but each member shall be reimbursed for the member's actual and necessary expenses while engaged in the performance of the member's duties.
279.02(5) (5)
279.02(5)(a)(a) It is not a conflict of interest or violation of this chapter for a trustee, director, officer, or employee of a consenting landowner to serve as a member of the board if the trustee, director, officer, or employee of the consenting landowner abstains from discussion, deliberation, action, and vote by the board in specific respect to any undertaking under this chapter in which the consenting landowner has an interest.
279.02(5)(b) (b) It is not a conflict of interest or violation of this chapter for a person having the required favorable reputation for skill, knowledge, and experience in state and municipal finance to serve as a member of the board if the person having the required favorable reputation for skill, knowledge, and experience in state and municipal finance abstains from discussion, deliberation, action, and vote by the board in specific respect to any sale, purchase, or ownership of bonds of the authority in which any business of which the person is a participant, owner, officer, or employee has a past, current, or future interest.
279.02(5)(c) (c) It is not a conflict of interest or violation of this chapter for a person having the required favorable reputation for skill, knowledge, and experience in the field of environmental remediation to serve as a member of the board if the person having the required favorable reputation for skill, knowledge, and experience in the field of environmental remediation abstains from discussion, deliberation, action, and vote by the board in specific respect to a waterway improvement in which any business of which the person is a participant, owner, officer, or employee has a past, current, or future interest.
279.02(6) (6)Chapter 230 does not apply to the employees of the authority, except that s. 230.40 does apply to the employees of the authority.
279.02 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.03 279.03 Powers of authority. The authority has all of the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and provisions of this chapter. In addition, the authority may do any of the following:
279.03(1) (1) Adopt bylaws, policies, and procedures for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business.
279.03(2) (2) Adopt an official seal and alter the seal at pleasure.
279.03(3) (3) Maintain an office.
279.03(4) (4) Sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded.
279.03(5) (5) Enter into any contracts that are necessary or useful for the conduct of its business.
279.03(6) (6) Employ or contract with attorneys, accountants, and financial experts and any other necessary employees or agents, and fix the compensation of employees, subject to 279.02 (2).
279.03(7) (7) Appoint any technical or professional advisory committee that the authority finds necessary, define the duties of any committee, and provide reimbursement for the expenses of any committee.
279.03(8) (8) Accept contributions or grants in money, property, labor, or other things of value and comply with any restrictions on the use of the contributions or grants.
279.03(9) (9) Obtain or aid in obtaining, from any department or agency of the United States or of this state or from any private company, any insurance or guaranty concerning the payment or repayment of all or part of the interest or principal, or both, on any bond issued under this chapter; and enter into any agreement, contract, or other instrument with respect to that insurance or guaranty, accept payment in the manner and form provided in such an agreement in case of default in payment of the bonds, and assign the insurance or guaranty as security for the authority's bonds.
279.03 History History: 2007 a. 20.
279.04 279.04 Expenses.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)