174.70 Public safety radio communications.
Subdivision 1. Authority of commissioner. The commissioner of transportation may exercise the powers granted in this chapter and in sections 473.891 to 473.905, to plan and implement the communications system as provided in sections 473.891 to 473.905.
Subd. 2. Implementation. In order to facilitate construction of the initial backbone of the communications system described in subdivision 1, the commissioner shall, by purchase, lease, gift, exchange, or other means, obtain sites for the erection of towers and the location of equipment and shall construct buildings and structures needed for the system. The commissioner may negotiate with commercial wireless service providers to obtain sites, towers, and equipment. Notwithstanding sections 161.433, 161.434, 161.45, and 161.46, the commissioner may by agreement allow commercial wireless service providers to install privately owned equipment on state-owned lands, buildings, and other structures under the jurisdiction of the commissioner when it is practical and feasible to do so. The commissioner shall charge a site use fee for the value of the property or structure made available. In lieu of a site use fee, the commissioner may make agreements with commercial wireless service providers to place state equipment on privately owned towers and may accept (1) improvements to state-owned public safety communications facilities or real or personal property, or (2) services provided by a commercial wireless service provider.
Subd. 3. Deposit of fees; appropriation. Fees collected under subdivision 2 must be deposited in the trunk highway fund. The fees so collected are appropriated to the commissioner to pay for the commissioner's share and state patrol's share of the costs of constructing and maintaining the communication system sites.