The department shall maintain any existing communications equipment at state patrol towers and stations that is used by emergency medical services programs under s. 256.12
unless the cost of maintaining the equipment exceeds the benefits that will result from such maintenance.
The department may contract with any local governmental unit, as defined in s. 16.97 (7)
, to provide that local governmental unit with services under this section.
Cost of traffic violation and registration program.
The department shall develop a system for charging local units of government or other authority as defined in s. 345.28 (1) (a)
for the cost of the development and operation of the traffic violation and registration program under ss. 341.08 (4m)
, 341.10 (7)
, 341.63 (1) (c)
, 345.28 (4)
and 345.47 (1) (d)
based on the number of transactions processed by the local unit of government or other authority. A notice under s. 345.28 (4)
submitted by an authority with respect to unpaid towing and storage charges shall be considered a separate transaction for purposes of this section. No notices under s. 345.28 (4)
submitted by an authority or under s. 345.47 (1) (d)
submitted by the court may be processed by the department unless the local unit of government or other authority involved has paid the department the appropriate amount determined by the department under this section.
See also ch. Trans 128
, Wis. adm. code.
Payments by credit card or other electronic payment mechanism; electronic transactions. 85.14(1)(a)
The department may accept payment by credit card, debit card, or any other electronic payment mechanism of any fee that is required to be paid to the department. The department shall determine which fees may be paid by credit card, debit card, or any other electronic payment mechanism and the manner in which the payments may be made. If the department permits the payment of a fee by credit card, debit card, or any other electronic payment mechanism, the department may charge a convenience fee for each transaction in an amount to be established by rule. The convenience fee shall approximate the cost to the department for providing this service to persons who request it. If the department permits the payment of a fee by credit card, debit card, or any other electronic payment mechanism, the department may charge a service fee of $2.50 for each transaction until a rule is promulgated under this paragraph.
If the secretary of administration assesses any charges against the department relating to the payment of fees by credit cards, debit cards, or other electronic payment mechanisms, the department shall pay, from the appropriation under s. 20.395 (5) (cg)
, to the secretary of administration or to any person designated by the secretary of administration the amount of these assessed charges.
The department may contract for services relating to the payment of fees by credit cards, debit cards, or other electronic payment mechanisms under this subsection. Any charges associated with a contract under this paragraph shall be paid from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (5) (cg)
The department shall certify to the secretary of administration the amount of charges associated with the use of credit cards that is assessed to the department on deposits accepted under s. 345.26 (3) (a)
by state traffic patrol officers and state motor vehicle inspectors, and the secretary of administration shall pay the charges from moneys under s. 59.25 (3) (j)
that are reserved for payment of the charges under s. 20.907 (5) (e) 12e.
The department may establish procedures for conducting any transaction in an electronic format or using an electronic process. Any form prescribed by the department may be prescribed in an automated format to facilitate the department's authority under this subsection.
The department may promulgate rules requiring a person to pay an additional fee for conducting an in-person, telephone, or paper transaction in lieu of using an electronic filing or submission option when the department has made an electronic filing or submission option available. These rules providing for an additional fee shall not apply to individuals unless the department offered an electronic filing or submission option in connection with a service on July 1, 2011, and the department charged an additional fee to individuals for electing this option as of that date. These rules may provide for exemptions from the additional fee for designated categories of persons or transactions. The fee authorized under this subsection is in addition to any other fee that may be imposed by the department.
See also chs. Trans 196
, Wis. adm. code.
Property management. 85.15(1)(1)
Subject to any prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the department may improve, use, maintain or lease any property acquired for highway, airport or any other transportation purpose until the property is actually needed for any such purpose and may permit use of the property for purposes and upon such terms and conditions as the department deems in the public interest.
The department shall credit to the appropriation account under s. 20.395 (4) (ew)
the amount, if any, by which moneys received in any year from the sale or lease of property acquired by the department exceeds $2,750,000. The department shall use 50 percent of any proceeds credited to this appropriation account from the sale or lease of any property to supplement the costs of management and operations of the district office of the department that initiated the sale or lease of that property.
See also chs. Trans 29
, Wis. adm. code.
Department rules and forms. 85.16(1)(1)
The secretary may make reasonable and uniform orders and rules deemed necessary to the discharge of the powers, duties and functions vested in the department. The secretary may also prescribe forms for applications, notices and reports required by law to be made to the department or which are deemed necessary to the efficient discharge of all powers, duties and functions and prescribe the form and manner in which those applications, notices and reports may be filed or submitted.
Any person violating an order, determination or rule adopted under chs. 84
and not subject to another statutory penalty shall be required to forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $400.
History: 1983 a. 175
; 1983 a. 538
; 1989 a. 31
Storage of highway salt. 85.17(1)(1)
In this section:
“Highway salt" means bulk quantities of a chloride intended for application to highways during winter months, and includes mixtures in any proportion of sand and chlorides.
(2) Storage of highway salt.
Every person who stores highway salt shall comply with the standards adopted under sub. (3)
The department shall adopt by rule standards for the storage of highway salt for the purpose of protecting the waters of the state from harm due to contamination by dissolved chlorides. The rule shall comply with ch. 160
. The rule may include different standards for various types of chlorides, or for mixtures of sand and chlorides. The rule may not require the storage of mixtures of sand and chlorides in a building or structure. The rule may include different standards for various storage facilities and conditions, quantities of highway salt and times during the year when salt is stored. All standards under this section shall provide substantially similar protection for the waters of the state.
The department may collect and publish information relating to this section and distribute it to municipalities and persons subject to this section.
The department shall enforce this section.
The department may enter and inspect, during regular business hours, places where highway salt is stored on private or public property.
The department shall conduct periodic inspections, at least once annually, of each location where highway salt is stored, to ascertain compliance with this section.
The department shall issue special orders directing and requiring compliance with the rules and standards of the department adopted under this section whenever, in the judgment of the department, the rules or standards are threatened with violation, are being violated or have been violated.
The circuit court for any county where violation of such an order occurs has jurisdiction to enforce the order by injunctive and other appropriate relief.
Any person who violates this section or any rule or order adopted under this section shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 for each violation. Each violation of this section or any rule or order under this section constitutes a separate offense and each day that a violation continues is a separate offense.
History: 1983 a. 410
; Stats. 1983 s. 85.16; 1983 a. 538
; Stats. 1983 s. 85.17; 1995 a. 227
See also ch. Trans 277
, Wis. adm. code.
The department shall comply with the requirements of ch. 160
in the administration of any program, responsibility or activity assigned or delegated to it by law.
History: 1983 a. 410
Construction site erosion control. 85.19(1)(1)
The department, in consultation with the department of natural resources under s. 281.33 (3) (a) 2.
, shall, by rule, establish standards for the control of soil erosion related to highway and bridge construction that is funded in whole or in part with state or federal funds. The standards shall require the use of best management practices.
The department shall establish a program of training for persons who prepare plans for, review plans for, conduct inspections of or engage in construction activities subject to the standards under sub. (1)
. The department shall do all of the following:
Identify those persons involved in plan preparation, plan review, construction supervision or inspections who are required to be trained.
Identify other persons who may benefit from the training program, and encourage those persons to enroll in the training program.
The department may impose fees for the training program.
The department shall establish the training program in consultation with the department of natural resources.
Any training required under this subsection may be conducted by the department or by another person with the approval of the department.
History: 1991 a. 309
; 2013 a. 20
See also ch. Trans 401
, Wis. adm. code.
Borrow and material disposal sites for transportation projects. 85.193(1)(a)
“Borrow" means soil or a mixture of soil and stone, gravel, or other material suitable for use in the construction of embankments or other similar earthworks constructed as part of a transportation project.
“Borrow site" means a site off of the transportation project property from which borrow is excavated for use in a transportation project.
“Material disposal site" means a site off of the transportation project property used for the lawful disposal of surplus materials from a transportation project and that is under the direct control of the transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor. “Material disposal site" does not include a private landfill that is not managed by the transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor or a landfill that is owned or directly controlled by a political subdivision.
“Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
“Transportation project" means a construction or maintenance project directed and supervised by the department that relates to an airport, railroad, highway, bridge, or other transportation facility and that is subject to an agreement under s. 30.2022
(2) Exemption from local zoning.
No zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.69
, or 62.23
may apply to a borrow site or material disposal site if all of the following apply:
The owner of the property consents to the establishment of a site on his or her property.
The department determines that the site is not a commercial establishment that has a fixed place of business from which the establishment regularly supplies processed or manufactured materials or products.
The transportation project contractor assumes sole responsibility for the operation of the site.
The site is used solely for the specified transportation project and solely during the period of construction of the specified transportation project.
The transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor does not crush, screen, wash, blast, or apply another manufacturing process to mineral aggregate from the borrow site, on or off the borrow site, to produce finished aggregate products.
The transportation project contractor complies with all of the following:
Any applicable restoration requirements for construction site erosion control established under s. 85.19 (1)
and any applicable restoration requirements established under an agreement under s. 30.2022
History: 2011 a. 32
Coordination with land conservation committees. 85.195(1)(1)
In this section, “land conservation committee" means a committee established under s. 92.06
or its designated representative.
Before commencing construction on a highway construction project, the department shall consult with the local land conservation committee to determine the presence and extent of local practices to conserve soil and water resources within the county, including surface and subsurface drainage systems.
History: 1997 a. 27
Urban mass transit operating assistance program. 85.20(1)(1)
In this section:
“Disabled persons" means individuals who, by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction, or other temporary or permanent incapacity or disability, are unable without special planning or design to use mass transit facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected.
“Elderly persons" means individuals age 65 or over.
“Eligible applicant" means a local public body in an urban area which is served by an urban mass transit system incurring an operating deficit.
“Local public body" includes counties, municipalities or towns, or agencies thereof; transit or transportation commissions or authorities and public corporations established by law or by interstate compact to provide mass transportation services and facilities or 2 or more of any such bodies acting jointly under s. 66.0301
“Mass transit system" means transportation by bus, shared-ride taxicab, rail, or other conveyance, either publicly or privately owned, that provides the public with general or special service on a regular and continuing basis.
“Operating deficit" means the amount by which the total operating expenses incurred in the operation of an urban mass transit system exceeds the amount of operating revenue derived therefrom.
“Operating expenses" mean costs accruing to an urban mass transit system by virtue of its operations, including costs to subsidize fares paid by disabled persons for transportation within the urban area of the eligible applicant, and maintenance. “Operating expenses" do not include costs accruing to an urban mass transit system from services provided by a publicly owned urban mass transit system under a contract awarded on the basis of competitive bids unless the urban mass transit system's bid used the fully allocated cost methodology described in sub. (8)
. For a publicly owned system, operating expenses do not include profit, return on investment or depreciation as costs. If a local public body contracts for the services of a privately owned system on the basis of competitive bids, operating expenses may include as costs depreciation on the facilities and equipment that the privately owned system acquired without benefit of public financial assistance, profit and return on investment. If a local public body contracts for the services of a privately owned system on the basis of negotiated procurement, operating expenses may include as costs depreciation on the facilities and equipment that the privately owned system acquired without benefit of public financial assistance. In an urban area which is served exclusively by shared-ride taxicab systems, operating expenses may include costs to subsidize reasonable fares paid by all users for transportation within the urban area of the eligible applicant.
“Operating revenues" mean income accruing to an urban mass transit system by virtue of its operations, but do not include income accruing from operations under a contract awarded on the basis of competitive bids to a publicly owned urban mass transit system that did not use the fully allocated cost methodology described in sub. (8)
“Reasonable fare" means a charge for mass transit service which complies with rules of the department relating to the fairness of such charges for purposes of this section.
“Revenue passenger trip" means a trip taken on an urban mass transit system by any passenger who pays a fare to use an urban mass transit system, or by any passenger for whom a fare has been paid by another under a contract or other arrangement with an urban mass transit system.
“Urban area" means any area that includes a city or village having a population of 2,500 or more that is appropriate, in the judgment of the department, for an urban mass transit system or an area that includes 2 American Indian reservations and that is served by a mass transit system operated by a transit commission.
“Urban mass transit system" means a mass transit system operating within an urban area.