2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 200. Metropolitan sewerage districts.
200.49 Minority business development and training program.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 200.49 (2017)

200.49 Minority business development and training program.

(1)Definitions. In this section:

(a) “Minority business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more minority group members and that is engaged in construction or construction-related activities.

(b) “Minority group member" has the meaning given under s. 16.287 (1) (f).

(2)Program created.

(a) From the amounts allocated for purposes of this section under s. 20.866 (2) (to), the district shall fund a development and training program for the purpose of developing the capability of minority businesses to participate in construction and construction-related projects funded under the combined sewer overflow abatement program under s. 281.63.

(b) From the amounts allocated for purposes of this section under s. 20.866 (2) (tc), the district shall fund a development and training program for the purpose of developing the capability of minority businesses to participate in construction and construction-related projects funded under the clean water fund program under ss. 281.58 and 281.59.

(c) The district may implement the training programs under pars. (a) and (b) directly, or may contract under this section for the implementation of these training programs.

(3)Request for proposals. The executive director shall request proposals for prime contracts from bondable general contractors or construction contractors that are bona fide independent minority businesses. Each proposal submitted shall include all of the following conditions:

(a) A goal that at least 25 percent of the total number of workers in all construction trades employed on the project will be minority group members.

(b) A subcontracting plan that provides sufficient detail to enable the executive director to determine that the prime contractor has made or will make a good faith effort to award at least 20 percent of the total contract amount to bona fide independent minority business subcontractors.

(4)Determinations by executive director.

(a) In determining whether a business is a bona fide minority business, the executive director shall take into consideration all of the following:

1. Whether the ownership and control of the business by minority group members is real, substantial and continuing.

2. Whether the minority owners enjoy the customary incidents of ownership and share the risks and profits to an extent commensurate with their ownership interests.

3. Whether the minority owners possess the power to make major decisions on policy and management and to direct the operations of the business on a day-to-day basis.

4. Whether there is any formal or informal restriction, including any provision of the bylaws, partnership agreement, joint venture agreement or corporate charter of the business, that provides for cumulative voting rights or other method of preventing minority owners from making decisions without the cooperation or vote of any nonminority owner.

5. Whether the securities constituting ownership of a corporation claiming to be a minority business are held directly by minority group members. No security held in trust or by a guardian for a child may be considered to be held directly by a minority group member.

6. Whether the contribution of capital or expertise by a minority owner of the business for the purpose of acquiring an interest in the business is real and substantial. If a contribution consists only of a promise to contribute capital or a note payable to the business or a nonminority owner, or mere participation as an employee of the business, the executive director shall not consider it a real and substantial contribution.

7. Whether nonminority owners of the business are disproportionately responsible for the operation of the business.

8. If the minority owners contract with another person for the management of the business, whether the ultimate power to hire and discharge managers rests with the minority owners or with the person with whom the minority owners contract.

(b) In determining whether a business is independent, the executive director shall consider all relevant factors, including the date the business was established, the adequacy of its resources for the work it is expected to perform under the contract and the degree to which financial, equipment leasing and other relationships with nonminority businesses vary from customary industry practices. Recognition of a business as a separate entity for a tax or corporate purpose is not necessarily sufficient to prove that a business is independent.

(5)Award of contract. For each contract to be awarded under this section, the executive director shall select from among all applicants the proposal that best meets the requirements under sub. (3), taking into consideration the cost of implementing the proposal. The district shall award contracts to the applicants selected by the executive director under this subsection.

(6)Review and implementation committee. The executive director may establish a committee to assist him or her in all of the following areas:

(a) Reviewing proposals and selecting the prime contractors to which contracts will be awarded.

(b) Developing the implementation plan that is required under sub. (7).

(7)Implementation plan required.

(a) The executive director shall develop a plan for the expeditious implementation of the programs created under this section that does all of the following:

1. Provides for the training of minority group members in construction and construction-related trades and occupations.

2. Provides for management and technical assistance to minority group members in construction and construction-related businesses.

3. Provides other management services necessary to assist minority businesses in developing construction-related capabilities and opportunities for participation in construction projects.

4. Provides for the development of a program that enables minority participation in specific components of contracts awarded for the purpose of developing the technical capabilities of minority businesses.

(b) The executive director shall submit the plan to the secretary of natural resources for review and comment. The secretary of natural resources shall provide the executive director with comments or recommendations for changes in the plan, if any, within 30 days after the plan is submitted. No contracts may be awarded under sub. (5) until 30 days after the date the plan is submitted to the secretary of natural resources or until the date the executive director receives the secretary's comments or recommendations, whichever is earlier.

History: 1985 a. 29; 1987 a. 27; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 112; 1995 a. 227; 1999 a. 150 s. 592; Stats. 1999 s. 200.49; 2011 a. 32.

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