1997 WISCONSIN ACT 91
An Act to create 84.095 of the statutes; relating to: allowing the department of transportation to contract with public utilities and rural electric cooperative associations for cooperative acquisition, development or maintenance of jointly used rights-of-way.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
84.095 of the statutes is created to read:
84.095 Cooperative acquisition of rights-of-way. (1) The department, acting in the public interest, may contract with a public utility, as defined in s. 196.01 (5), or with a rural electric cooperative association, as described in s. 32.02 (10), for the receipt or furnishing of services, or the joint exercise of any power or duty required or authorized by law, relating to the acquisition, development or maintenance of rights-of-way to be used jointly by the department and a public utility or rural electric cooperative association. If parties to a contract under this section have varying powers or duties under the law, each may act under the contract to the extent of its lawful powers and duties. This section shall be interpreted liberally in favor of cooperative action between the department and a public utility or rural electric cooperative association.
(2) Any contract under this section may provide a plan for administration of the function or project, which may include provisions as to proration of the expenses involved, deposit and disbursement of funds appropriated, submission and approval of budgets and formation and letting of contracts.