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19-3503.Petition for creation; determination by county commissioners; notice and hearing; creation; ratification of districts previously established; disorganization. Whenever 1,000 qualified electors within the territory of a proposed water district petition the board of county commissioners of any county for the creation of a water district, the board of county commissioners shall ascertain and determine whether the petition is in compliance with the provisions of this act, whether the description of the area is sufficient and whether the required number of qualified electors signed the petition which findings shall be incorporated in an appropriate order.

Subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 19-270, if the board of county commissioners finds that the petition is in compliance with this act, the boundaries of the territory are sufficiently described and the required number of qualified electors have signed the petition, the board of county commissioners shall fix a time for a hearing upon the petition. The board shall direct the county clerk to give notice of the hearing once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the proposed district, the last publication to be at least five days before the day fixed for the hearing. The notice shall describe the boundaries of the area as shown by the petition, shall state that the petition requests the creation of a water district as authorized by this act, shall state that a hearing will be held by the board of county commissioners on the petition, shall specify the day and hour of the hearing, and shall state that all persons may appear before the board of county commissioners at such hearing and be heard.

If after the hearing, the board of county commissioners determines that the interests of the area will be advanced by the creation of the water district and that a water district therein will be of public utility, the board shall establish the proposed water district by adopting an appropriate resolution. Wherever there is within a proposed water district a private or public water utility corporation which is operating under a certificate of convenience and necessity issued by the state corporation commission, the established area of the water district shall not be less than the area actually served at the time of the establishment of such district. No water district shall include lands which are served, supplied or serviced by a water distribution system or systems owned by a foreign corporation whose water supply is located or exclusively obtained from a city outside the state of Kansas nor shall any such district include lands owned by any such foreign corporations, contiguous to the area served by any such corporations and for which feed mains and other facilities for furnishing water have already been provided, without the consent of any such foreign corporations.

The board of county commissioners shall file a copy of the resolution creating the water district with the county clerk of every county in which a portion of the district is located. Whenever any water district has heretofore been created and established by any board of county commissioners under the provisions of K.S.A. 19-3501 to 19-3521, inclusive, and amendments thereto, in which members of the water district board have been elected and in which the issuance of revenue bonds for a purpose authorized by law has been approved by a majority of the qualified electors of the district voting on the proposition at an election called and held therein, the board of county commissioners, prior to the issuance of such revenue bonds by the water district, shall fix a time for a hearing upon the public utility of the water district so established and shall direct the county clerk to give notice thereof once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the district, the last publication to be at least five days before the day fixed for the hearing. Such notice need not describe the boundaries of the district as previously created and established but shall state the name or general location thereof, shall state that a hearing will be held by the board of county commissioners on whether or not the district is of public utility, shall specify the day and hour of the hearing and shall state that all persons may appear before the board of county commissioners at such hearing and be heard.

If after such hearing the board of county commissioners determines that the interests of the area within the district will be advanced by its creation and establishment and that the district will be of public utility, it shall so find and shall ratify and confirm the creation and establishment of the district by adopting an appropriate resolution. Upon such action by the board of county commissioners, the water district shall be a quasi-municipal body corporate with all of the powers and subject to all of the provisions of K.S.A. 19-3501 to 19-3521, inclusive, and amendments thereto, notwithstanding any irregularities or defects previously existing in the creation of the district.

If the board of county commissioners finds that the water district is not of public utility, the county clerk shall give written notice of such finding to the water district board. A finding that the water district is not of public utility shall be reconsidered by the board of county commissioners upon the written request of the water district board but only after a public hearing of which notice shall be given as provided in this section and no such hearing shall be held within six months after the date of a finding of no public utility. No water district shall issue its revenue bonds prior to a finding by the board of county commissioners that the district is of public utility as provided in this section. If after a finding by the board of county commissioners that the water district is not of public utility the water district board by affirmative vote determines that the district shall be disorganized, the district shall be disorganized in the manner provided in K.S.A. 19-3508, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1951, ch. 240, § 3; L. 1953, ch. 159, § 2; L. 1957, ch. 192, § 1; L. 1981, ch. 173, § 60; L. 1986, ch. 70, § 10; May 15.



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