Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958
The state government: administrative branch, pp. -484 PDF (46.9 MB)
326 WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK in aeronautics. They receive no salaries but are reimbursed for actual expenses. A civil service administrative staff, headed by a director selected and appointed by the commissioners, carries on the agency's functions. The director supervises the staff and is responsible for the execution of policies established by the com- mission. The commission is responsible for the general supervision of aeronautic activities in the state, and their sound promotion and development. Among other things, it is directed by law to safe- guard the interests of those engaged in all phases of aviation; to formulate, recommend and promote reasonable regulations in the interest of safety, and to coordinate the state's aviation interests with those of other state and federal governments. It is especially charged with the responsibility of cooperating with the federal government regarding all federal laws providing for a national airport system, and to make recommendations to the Governor and the legislature on such measures as will best enable the state to derive maximum benefits from such legislation. For the purpose of administration the functions of the commission are divided into 7 classifications. 1. Airport Development. Encourages the development of an ade- quate system of publicly-owned airports in Wisconsin. The commission has established a state airport system plan deemed adequate to meet the anticipated aeronautical needs of the state, which includes at least one airport in each county, and all the airports in the national airport plan. a. Exercises control over airport development projects by means of findings issued as the result of petitions for airport aids filed by project sponsors. b. With the approval of the Governor, controls the allocations of all state and federal airport aids in Wisconsin. c. Handles all dealings with the federal government for federal aid for individual airport projects. d. Through agency agreements with public airport sponsors, as required by law, has jurisdiction over individual project finances (local, state and federal) and has the authority to spend such funds for authorized developments. e. By agreement with the project sponsors, assumes responsi- bility for project planning, design and supervision of con- struction for all work involving state and federal aid, with the exception of Milwaukee County, which handles its own with the approval of the commission. 2. Airport Operation and Management. Conducts studies and in- vestigations with respect to the most effective methods for the development and operation of airports; assists public airport owners with airport operation and management problems and makes annual inspections of public airports in the state to de- termine the level of airport maintenance, and makes reports of its findings to the airport owners, the commission and the fed- eral government.
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