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File #: 55018    Version: 1 Name: Resolution Requesting Dane County Eliminate its Policy on Requiring Jurisdictional Transfer of County Highways
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
File created: 3/8/2019 In control: Mayor's Office
On agenda: 5/14/2019 Final action: 5/14/2019
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Resolution Requesting Dane County Eliminate its Policy on Requiring Jurisdictional Transfer of County Highways
Sponsors: Keith Furman, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer
Attachments: 1. 5/14/19 CCEC Handout_County Highway Reconstruction Projects.pdf, 2. Jurisdictional Transfer Analysis-T Lynch.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsWatch
5/14/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Place On FilePass Action details Not available
5/14/20191 COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO PLACE ON FILE - REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Not available
4/30/20191 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Not available
3/25/20191 FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Not available
3/19/20191 FINANCE COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Not available
3/19/20191 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Not available
3/8/20191 Mayor's Office Referred for Introduction  Action details Not available
Fiscal Note
Under the current process, jurisdictional transfer takes place when a County owned roadway within a City or Village is re-constructed. After the transfer takes place, routine maintenance costs that were previously shared between the City and County are now the full responsibility of the City. Components of routine maintenance include:
· Annual traffic signal & street lighting electricity costs
· Annual street sweeping & snow plowing costs
· Crack seal repairs every 5-10 years
· Chip seal & crosswalk marking every 5-10 years
· Full resurface every 15-20 years: Costs evenly split between City and County

In the case of the City of Madison, portions of the following costs fall to the City regardless of who maintains the street:
· Street Lighting (Annual expense)
· Street Sweeping (Annual expense)
· Cross Walk Marking (Every 5-10 years)

The average cost per lane mile for all routine maintenance is approximately $26,600. There is currently 78.3 County lane miles of roadway in the City of Madison. If the City were to take on all maintenance of these roadways, the increase cost would be approximately $2.1 million annually.
Title
Resolution Requesting Dane County Eliminate its Policy on Requiring Jurisdictional Transfer of County Highways
Body
WHEREAS; in 1999 the Highway Committee of the Dane County Board adopted a policy on jurisdictional transfer of county highways that said the county shall consider a transfer of ownership to a municipality whenever the county reconstructs a county highway within a city or village; and

WHEREAS; in practice, this policy has been implemented in a more uncompromising fashion, forgoing a reconstruction project when a municipality has refused the transfer of ownership; and

WHEREAS; taken to its logical end, such an approach would divest the County of all responsibility for county trunk highways (CTH) in cities and villages although residents living in cities and villages contribute between 80 to 90 percent of Dane ...

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