“Capital costs" means the cost of acquiring, purchasing, adding to, leasing, planning, designing, constructing, extending and improving all or any part of a sewerage system and of paying principal, interest or premiums on any indebtedness incurred for these purposes.
“Combined sewer overflow abatement" means decreasing discharges of a combination of storm and sanitary wastewater or storm and industrial wastewater directly or indirectly to the waters of the state that occur when the volume of wastewater flow exceeds the transport capacity of a combined storm and sanitary sewer system.
“Commission" means the metropolitan sewerage commission created under s. 200.23
“District" means the metropolitan sewerage district created under s. 200.23
“Interceptor sewer" means a sewer that:
Is constructed, maintained and operated by the district;
Is either a force main sanitary sewer with a diameter greater than 12 inches or a gravity flow sanitary sewer with a diameter greater than 24 inches; and
Receives and conveys sanitary sewage from a sanitary sewage collection system directly or indirectly to a sewage treatment facility.
Temporarily collects and stores excessive sewage flow until existing treatment plant capacity is available.
“Local sewer" means any sewer constructed, operated or maintained by any municipality. “Local sewer" does not include any sewer that has been incorporated into the sewerage system under s. 200.37 (2)
. If the classification of any sewer is unclear, the presumption shall be that the sewer is local.
“Municipality" means any city, town, village, sanitary district organized under subch. IX of ch. 60
or metropolitan sewerage district organized under ss. 200.01
that is located wholly or partially within the district or that contracts for services under s. 200.39
“Operating costs" means the costs of controlling, operating, managing or maintaining the sewerage system. “Operating costs" also includes replacement costs.
“Replacement costs" means the costs of obtaining and installing equipment, accessories or appurtenances that are necessary during the service life of the district's sewerage system to maintain the capacity and performance for which the sewerage system was designed and constructed.
“Sewerage service area" means the area of the district and the area for which service is provided by contract under s. 200.39
“Sewerage system" means all facilities of the district for collection, transportation, storage, pumping, treatment and final disposition of sewage. “Sewerage system" does not include any private on-site wastewater treatment system, as defined in s. 145.01 (12)
, or any local sewer.
“User" means any owner or occupant of any building or lot that is located within the sewerage service area and is furnished with sewerage service.
History: 1981 c. 282
; 1983 a. 189
, 329 (8)
; 1983 a. 532
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 200.21; 2011 a. 146
NOTE: See ss. 62.175, 62.18 and 62.185 for other provisions relating to city sewers.
Establishing a district and a commission. 200.23(1)(1)
Establishment by resolution or reorganization. 200.23(1)(a)
Except as provided in par. (b)
, a commission is established under this subchapter if the common council of any 1st class city passes a resolution of necessity by a majority vote of the members-elect.
On April 27, 1982, each metropolitan sewerage district organized under s. 59.96
, 1979 stats., is reorganized as a district under this subchapter and a commission is created under this subchapter.
Commencing in 1983, the district reorganized under this paragraph shall, on or before November 1, annually pay or provide for the payment to any county obligated on account of bonds or bond anticipation notes issued on behalf of a district under s. 59.96 (7)
, 1979 stats., an amount sufficient to pay the interest and principal falling due in the succeeding year on the bonds and notes pursuant to the original terms of the bonds and notes. The county shall deposit amounts paid to it under this subdivision in the debt service funds for the bonds and notes established under s. 67.11
. The county shall pay to the district any surplus in a debt service fund remaining after the bonds or notes for which the debt service fund was created are paid.
(2) Composition of the commission.
The commission is composed of 11 members, who are appointed as follows:
Except as provided in s. 200.25 (7)
, the mayor of the 1st class city shall appoint 7 individuals as members of the commission, each of whom shall have his or her principal residence in the 1st class city. Three of the commissioners appointed under this paragraph shall be elected officials. Each commissioner appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment, pending confirmation or rejection by a majority of the members-elect of the common council. An appointee whose confirmation is pending may act within the scope of authority of a commissioner until the mayor withdraws the appointment or the common council rejects the appointment, whichever is earlier. The mayor shall withdraw any appointment that the common council rejects and may only resubmit the appointment for confirmation after at least one subsequent appointment is rejected. For the purposes of this paragraph, “elected official" means:
Members of the common council of the 1st class city.
Members of the county board of supervisors of the county in which the 1st class city is located who reside in the city.
The city attorney, comptroller or treasurer of the 1st class city.
Members of the board of school directors in charge of the public schools of the 1st class city.
Except as provided in s. 200.25 (7)
, an executive council composed of the elected executive officer of each city, village and town that is wholly or partly within the boundaries of the district under s. 200.29 (1)
, except a 1st class city, shall appoint 4 members of the commission by a majority vote of the members of the executive council. Each of these members shall have his or her principal residence within the district but outside the 1st class city. Three of these members shall be elected officials. Each commissioner appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment.
The mayor and the executive council shall appoint the members of a commission that governs a district created under sub. (1)
within 90 days after the passage of the resolution under sub. (1) (a)
or within 90 days after the reorganization under sub. (1) (b)
History: 1981 c. 282
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 207
s. 93 (8)
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 200.23.
Each commissioner appointed by the mayor of the 1st class city under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
who is not an elected officer serves for a 3-year term or until a successor is appointed, whichever is later.
Each commissioner appointed by the mayor of the 1st class city under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
who is an elected officer serves for a one-year term or until a successor is appointed, whichever is later.
Each commissioner appointed by the executive council under s. 200.23 (2) (b)
serves for a 3-year term or until a successor is appointed, whichever is later.
Each term commences on the 2nd Tuesday of July. No commissioner may serve more than 9 consecutive years.
Of the initial commissioners who are not elected officers appointed by the mayor of the 1st class city under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
, one commissioner has a term of one year, one commissioner has a term of 2 years and 2 commissioners have a term of 3 years. One of the initial commissioners appointed by the executive council under s. 200.23 (2) (b)
has a term of one year, one of the initial commissioners has a term of 2 years and 2 of the initial commissioners have terms of 3 years.
The mayor shall appoint successors to commissioners appointed under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
and the executive council shall appoint successors to commissioners appointed under s. 200.23 (2) (b)
, as provided in s. 200.23
. Each successor shall be appointed at least 6 weeks before the expiration of the preceding commissioner's term.
(3) Change of residence or loss of elected status.
Any commissioner appointed under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
who moves his or her principal residence outside the 1st class city and any commissioner appointed under s. 200.23 (2) (b)
who moves his or her principal residence outside the district or into the 1st class city shall resign. Any commissioner who is an elected official and who is not reelected or who otherwise leaves the elected office may serve not more than an additional 90 days after leaving office or until a successor is appointed, whichever occurs first.
Vacancies occurring during the term of any commissioner shall be filled as provided under s. 200.23
, but only for the balance of the unexpired term. All vacancies shall be filled within 90 days. The balance of the unexpired term constitutes one term for the commissioner appointed to fill the vacancy. A commissioner appointed to fill a vacancy may be reappointed for subsequent full terms, as provided in sub. (1) (a)
(5) Oath of office.
Before assuming the duties of the office, each commissioner shall take and subscribe the oath of office required under s. 19.01
and file the oath with the secretary of state, duly certified by the official administering the oath.
(6) Expenses; salary.
Each commissioner, including any commissioner who serves as a member of the legislature, shall receive actual and necessary expenses incurred while in the performance of the duties of the office and, in addition, shall receive a salary in an amount the commission specifies by resolution. Any change in salary after its initial establishment applies only to subsequently appointed or reappointed commissioners. The salary shall be paid at the time and in the same manner that the salaries of employees of the commission are paid.
Commencing in 1990, in the year immediately following the date when the federal decennial census of population becomes available in printed form, the commission shall reapportion the allocation of appointments between s. 200.23 (2) (a)
to reflect as nearly as possible the proportionate populations within the district of the 1st class city and of the cities, villages and towns that are represented on the executive council. As part of its reapportionment the commission may increase the number of seats to not more than 13 and may decrease the number of seats to not less than 9.
If the commission fails to reapportion itself under par. (a)
, any municipality, any aggrieved person or any county in which the district is initially created may petition the circuit court for the county in which the district is initially created for an order compelling reapportionment. After reasonable notice to the commission the court may order reapportionment.
(8) Removal from office.
Any commissioner appointed by the mayor under s. 200.23 (2) (a)
may be removed by the mayor. Any commissioner appointed by the executive council under s. 200.23 (2) (b)
may be removed by the same process as is used for appointment.
History: 1981 c. 282
; 1987 a. 417
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 200.25.
Section 13.625 does not prohibit the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District from paying normal expenses and salaries to commissioners who are legislators and does not prohibit those legislators from accepting those payments. 78 Atty. Gen. 149
Commission; organization. 200.27(1)(1)
Six commissioners constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If after reapportionment under s. 200.25 (7)
the number of commissioners is increased to 12 or 13, 7 commissioners constitute a quorum. If after reapportionment under s. 200.25 (7)
the number of commissioners is reduced to 9 or 10, 5 commissioners constitute a quorum.
(2) Action concerning financing for the district. 200.27(2)(a)2.
No resolution adopted by the commission under s. 67.12 (1) (b)
is valid unless adopted by an affirmative vote of at least a three-fourths majority of all commissioners.
If one or more resolutions authorizing full financing of the capital budget adopted under s. 200.53
are not adopted on or before October 15 succeeding the annual adoption of the budget, the commission may by a vote of a simple majority of all commissioners annually levy taxes under s. 200.55 (6) (a) 4.
or otherwise appropriate a sum from any source for the purpose of financing the capital budget. The total levy and appropriation may not exceed $40,000,000.
The commission shall elect one commissioner as chairperson of the commission, for a term specified by rule by the commission. The chairperson is removable at pleasure by the commission. The chairperson shall preside over the meetings of the commission and shall perform other duties imposed upon the chairperson by this subchapter or assigned by the commission. The commission may also appoint a vice chairperson who may exercise the powers and shall perform the duties of the chairperson in the absence or disability of the chairperson.
The commission shall appoint a secretary who is not a member of the commission. The secretary is removable at pleasure by the commission and shall receive the compensation the commission determines. The compensation shall be paid at the time and in the same manner that the salaries of other employees of the district are paid. The secretary shall maintain all records concerning the district and shall perform the other duties that are imposed upon the secretary by this subchapter or that are assigned by the commission.
The commission shall appoint a treasurer who shall oversee and be responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all money received by the district and for the investment of money received by the district.
(6) Records; meetings.
All records of the commission are subject to subch. II of ch. 19
. Subchapter V of ch. 19
governs all meetings of the commission.
(7) Annual audit.
The commission shall annually audit the financial transactions of the district and shall include a summary of the audit in its annual report under sub. (9)
On the demand of any municipality or county located wholly or partly within the boundaries of the district, the district shall request an audit by the public service commission of its books, records and practices. The district shall pay the costs of the audit. The audit shall determine the district's compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. The public service commission may contract with an auditing firm to perform the audit if the public service commission cannot complete a requested audit in a timely manner. Under no circumstances is the district subject to a further demand audit under this subsection until at least one year elapses from the date the report of the previous demand audit under this subsection is filed.
Upon completion of the demand audit and receipt of the audit report, the district shall hold a public hearing within 45 days in the municipality or county that demanded the audit. The district shall arrange for summaries of the report to be made available for the hearing.
(9) Annual report.
The commission shall prepare annually a full report of its official transactions and expenditures and shall mail the report to the governor, to the secretary of natural resources and to the governing body of each municipality.
Boundary; name; corporate status. 200.29(1)(a)(a)
Except as provided in pars. (b)
, the initial boundary of the district is the boundary of the county in which the 1st class city is located.
The commission shall, by resolution, exclude areas from the district that it finds are not likely to receive sewerage service from the district within 25 years.
The commission may, by resolution, redefine the boundary of the district initially defined under sub. (1) (b)
in accordance with subds. 3.
If an area is likely to receive sewerage service from the district within 10 years, the area shall be included within each boundary redefined under this subdivision.
Within 90 days after all commissioners have been appointed under s. 200.23
, the commission shall adopt rules concerning the factors to be considered in determining the redefined boundary of the district under subd. 2.
The commission may also establish conditions by rule that shall apply if an area is not within the district after the boundary is redefined but is subsequently added to the district under par. (d)
. When adopting rules under this subdivision the commission shall consider, among other considerations:
The weight to be given to the need for private on-site wastewater treatment systems, as defined in s. 145.01 (12)
, to maintain the public health and welfare in any area located within the district prior to a redefinition of the boundary but located outside the district after any redefinition of the boundary.
The weight to be given to the effects of excluding any area from the district by a redefinition of the boundary on property taxation of the area excluded, on the use of the area and on property taxation of the district as a whole.
The need to maintain the consistency of any redefined boundary of the district with a regional water quality management plan established or approved under ss. 281.12 (1)
or any facilities plan established and approved under s. 281.41
The equity of providing similar treatment of properties located within a common drainage basin.
The weight to be given to plans approved by any municipality for expansion of its local sewers and for general development.
Within 45 days after adopting rules under subd. 3.
, the commission shall determine whether to redefine the boundary under subd. 2.
Before the commission adopts a final resolution that would redefine the boundary, the commission shall first obtain the consent of the governing body of the city, village or town in which the area is located and shall hold a public hearing on the proposed resolution. The commission shall mail a notice that states the time and place of the hearing and is accompanied by a copy of the proposed resolution to the clerk of each municipality at least 30 days before the hearing. The commission shall also publish a copy of the notice and of the proposed resolution as a class 2 notice under ch. 985
within the district. The date of the first publication shall be at least 30 days prior to the date of the hearing. The proposed resolution shall contain the description by metes and bounds of each area to be affected by redefining the boundary.
Any area not included within the redefined boundary under subd. 1.
ceases to be a part of the district for all purposes upon the filing of a certified copy of the resolution describing the area not within the district with the clerk of each county in which the district is located. The commission shall also record the resolution with the register of deeds for each county in which the district is located, and file a certified copy of the resolution with the clerk of each city, village and town in the district and with the department of natural resources.
The commission shall biennially review the redefinition of the boundary under subd. 4. a.
If, after any biennial review, the commission finds that an area is likely to receive sewerage service from the district within the following 10 years, the commission shall redefine the boundary to include the area in the district. Additions to the district under this subdivision are not subject to par. (d)