1. A functional classification board shall be appointed for each county and shall operate under procedural rules promulgated by the department under the provisions of chapter 17A. Said board shall consist of three members to be appointed as follows: The department shall appoint one member from the staff of the department, the county board of supervisors shall appoint one member who shall be either the county engineer or one of its own members, and the third member shall be a municipal official from within the county who shall be appointed by a majority of the mayors of the cities of the county. The mayors shall meet at the call of the chairperson of the county board of supervisors who shall act as chairperson of the meeting without vote. In the event the mayors cannot agree to and appoint this member within thirty days after the call of the meeting by the chairperson, the two members previously appointed shall select the third member. The board shall serve without additional compensation and shall:
a. Classify each segment of each rural public road and each municipal street in the county in accordance with the classifications found in section 306.1.
b. Establish continuity between the systems within the county and with the systems of adjacent counties.
c. File a copy of the proposed road classification in the office of county engineer for public information and hold a public hearing before final approval of a road classification action. Notice of the date, the time, and the place of the hearing, and the filing of the proposed road classification for public information shall be published in an official newspaper in general circulation throughout the affected area as provided in section 331.305.
d. Report the selected classifications to the department. The department shall review the reports of the county classification boards and may:
(1) Alter the classification of roads coinciding with or crossing county lines to provide continuity of the various county systems.
(2) Adjust the mileage of roads classified in the trunk and trunk collector systems to assure equitable distribution among the counties of the total mileage of such systems.
(3) Any action authorized under subparagraphs (1) and (2) of this paragraph "d" shall not be taken by the department until the proposed action has been thoroughly discussed with the affected county classification boards and their comments heard.
2. A state functional classification review board is created, consisting of one state senator appointed by the president of the senate, after consultation with the majority leader and the minority leader of the senate, one state representative appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one supervisor appointed by the Iowa state association of county supervisors, one engineer appointed by the Iowa county engineers' association, two persons appointed by the Iowa league of cities, one of whom shall be a licensed professional engineer, and two persons appointed by the department, one of whom shall be a commissioner and the other a staff member. This board shall select a permanent chairperson from among its members by majority vote of the total membership. Except as otherwise provided, the members of the board shall serve without additional compensation to the salary and expenses authorized for the office or position held by the member. The supervisor appointed by the Iowa state association of county supervisors, the engineer appointed by the Iowa county engineers' association, and the two persons appointed by the Iowa league of cities shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the board from funds allocated under section 312.2, subsection 10. The legislative members shall be paid for their actual and necessary expenses and, when the general assembly is not in session, per diem as provided in sections 2.10 and 2.12. The department's members of the board shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses from the funds appropriated pursuant to section 313.5.
It shall be the responsibility of the state functional classification review board to hear any and all appeals from classification boards or board members, relative to disputes arising out of the functional classification of any segment of highway or street. It shall also be the responsibility of the board to establish the necessary guidelines, procedures, and the time limits to be followed in transferring jurisdiction in accordance with section 306.8. The state functional classification review board shall have the authority and the responsibility to make final administrative determinations based on sound functional classification principles for all disputes relative to functional classification including those disputes relative to the transfer of jurisdictions. The review board shall also serve, when requested jointly by state and local jurisdictions, as an advisory committee for review and adjustment of construction and maintenance guidelines used in updating road and street needs studies.
It is the intent of the general assembly that effective July 1, 1979 the functional reclassification of roads shall be implemented as provided by law.
[C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 306.6; 81 Acts, ch 97, § 1]
86 Acts, ch 1245, § 2034; 87 Acts, ch 43, §6; 90 Acts, ch 1223, § 25; 95 Acts, ch 3, §1
Referred to in § 306.5, 312.2, 312.11, 331.321
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