(1) If the town board issues an order to lay out or alter a highway through enclosed,
cultivated, or improved lands, the town board or highway superintendent shall give
the owner or occupant of the lands through which the proposed highway will pass written
notice of its, his, or her intent to remove the fences in the path of the new or altered
highway. The notice shall state when the town board or highway superintendent intends to
remove the fences, which shall not be less than 30 days from the date on which the
notice was given to the owner or occupant. If the owner or occupant does not remove the fences before the time stated in the
notice, the town board or highway superintendent shall remove the fences and may charge
the landowner for the costs of the removal under s. 66.0627.
(2) The notice under sub. (1) shall not be sent until the time for filing an appeal under s. 82.15 has expired and no appeal was taken or until all appeals under s. 82.15 have been brought to a final determination.
(3) This section does not authorize the opening of a highway through enclosed, cultivated,
or improved lands or the removal of fences between May 15 and September 15, except
in cases of emergency to be determined by the town board.
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