1998 Regular Session
To: County Affairs; Appropriations
By: Senator(s) Rayborn, Lee, Jackson, Hamilton
Senate Bill 2309
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 65-37-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS UNDER THE LOCAL SYSTEM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM ON BRIDGES WITH A SUFFICIENCY RATING OF 50 OR LESS; TO AMEND SECTION 65-37-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXTEND THROUGH THE 2003 REGULAR SESSION THE MANDATE THAT THE LEGISLATURE APPROPRIATE A CERTAIN AMOUNT TO THE LOCAL SYSTEM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AND REHABILITATION FUND IF CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 65-37-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
65-37-7. (1) In order for a county to be eligible for the expenditure of funds under the provisions of Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15, the board of supervisors of the county shall meet the following conditions:
(a) On or before January 1, 1995, and on or before January 1 of each year thereafter, the board of supervisors shall present to the State Aid Engineer on a form to be prepared by the State Aid Engineer, a four-year plan of bridge replacement and rehabilitation for the county. The plan shall identify the project or projects and shall contain a detailed plan prepared and approved by the engineer for the county. The plan shall specify the condition of the existing bridges included in the project, the drainage requirements, the type of replacement or rehabilitation to be made and the design and specifications therefor. Four-year plans may be modified each year or more often as necessary provided that the modifications are submitted to the State Aid Engineer.
(b) The county shall agree to employ a qualified engineer and such other technical experts as may be necessary to perform all engineering services required for the projects. The engineer shall be required to inspect the construction of the projects and to approve all estimate payments made on the projects.
(c) The county and municipalities shall agree to construct, at their own expense, the base and surface of all approaches providing necessary connections to each bridge project within their respective jurisdictions, including the base and surface for culvert projects whenever fill material is placed as part of the contract.
(d) The county and municipalities shall agree, at their own expense, to acquire all rights-of-way and relocate or make adjustments to public utilities for each bridge project within their respective jurisdictions as may be necessary in the manner provided by law for the acquisition of rights-of-way and the uniform policy for accommodation of utility facilities within the rights-of-way of state aid roads as adopted by the State Aid Engineer under authority of Section 65-9-1 et seq. Rights-of-way may be acquired by gift, purchase, deed, dedication or eminent domain; however, no part of the costs of rights-of-way or utility adjustments may be paid from funds provided under Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15.
(2) A county shall not be eligible for the expenditure of monies allocated to it under Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15 and the State Aid Engineer shall not certify the use or expenditure of such monies on any bridge that has a sufficiency rating of greater than fifty (50), as determined by National Bridge Inspection standards, unless the State Aid Engineer certifies that all bridges on the local road system within the county for which funds may be made available under Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15 have a sufficiency rating of greater than fifty (50) or that all such bridges in the county with a sufficiency rating of less than fifty (50) are currently under contract for replacement or rehabilitation. When the State Aid Engineer certifies that all such bridges of a county have a sufficiency rating of greater than fifty (50) or that all such bridges within the county with a sufficiency rating of fifty (50) or less are currently under contract for replacement or rehabilitation, then that county shall be eligible for the expenditure of funds allocated to it under Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15 for the maintenance and replacement of other drainage related structures in accordance with designs and standards prescribed for such projects by the Office of State Aid Road Construction.
SECTION 2. Section 65-37-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
65-37-13. (1) There is created in the State Treasury a special fund to be designated as the "Local System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Fund." The fund shall consist of such monies as the Legislature appropriates pursuant to subsection (2) of this section and such other monies as the Legislature may designate for deposit in the fund. Monies in the fund may be expended upon legislative appropriation in accordance with the provisions of Section 65-37-1 through 65-37-15.
(2) During each regular legislative session held in calendar years 1995, 1996, 1997, * * * 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, if the official General Fund revenue estimate for the succeeding fiscal year for which appropriations are being made reflects a growth in General Fund revenues of three percent (3%) or more for that succeeding fiscal year, then the Legislature shall appropriate Twenty-five Million Dollars ($25,000,000.00) from the State General Fund for deposit in the Local System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Fund.
(3) Such monies as are deposited in the fund under the provisions of this section may be expended upon requisition therefor by the State Aid Engineer in accordance with the provisions of Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15. Unexpended amounts remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not lapse into the State General Fund, and any interest earned on amounts in the fund shall be deposited to the credit of the fund.
(4) Monies in the Local System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Fund shall be allocated and become available for distribution to counties in accordance with the formula prescribed in Section 65-37-3 beginning January 1, 1995, on a project-by-project basis. Monies in the special fund may not be used or expended for any purpose except as authorized under Sections 65-37-1 through 65-37-15.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.