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24-1207.Meeting of steering committee; notice; election of board of directors; officers; election on organization of district; voting places and election procedures; certification of results to secretary of state; certificate of incorporation, issuance and recordation, when; actions attacking incorporation, limitations. (a) Within 10 days after receipt of a certified copy of the chief engineer's report approving the petition or resolution, or the petition or resolution as amended or revised by the chief engineer, the chairperson of the steering committee of the proposed district shall call a meeting of the committee by mailing a written notice fixing the time and place of such meeting to each member of the committee at least five days in advance of the time so fixed, unless such notice is duly waived. The committee shall meet at the time and place fixed in the notice for the purpose of electing from their number a board of directors consistent with the number set out in the petition, and this board of directors, after being duly elected, shall elect from their number a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, except that in a district having only three directors, the board shall elect one person to hold the offices of secretary and treasurer. The board, by resolution, shall provide for the calling of an election of the qualified voters of the district for the purpose of submitting the question of whether the district should be organized and created in accordance with the petition or resolution, or the petition or resolution as amended or revised by the chief engineer.

(b) The board shall designate one or more centrally located voting places within the proposed district, but if the territory of the proposed district lies in more than one county, at least one voting place shall be designated within each county of the proposed district, and shall name and appoint three judges and two clerks for each voting place designated, which judges and clerks shall take an oath to faithfully perform their duties as judges and clerks, respectively, and shall each receive compensation of $8 per day for their services. The board shall cause a notice of the special election to be published for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the proposed district, the first publication to be not less than 21 days prior to such election. If the proposed district lies in more than one county, a similar notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in each of the counties in which a part of the proposed district is located. The notice shall set forth the time and place or places of holding the election and the proposition to be voted on, shall contain a copy of the petition or resolution, or the amended or revised petition or resolution (omitting the map attached thereto as an exhibit) and shall be signed by the president and attested by the secretary of the board. Any qualified voter shall be entitled to vote at such election. The vote at such election shall be by ballot, and such ballot shall comply with the usual requirements for an official ballot for public office insofar as such requirements are applicable thereto. Upon such ballot shall be printed the proposition submitted, preceded by the words, "Shall the following be adopted?" and followed by the words "To vote in favor of the proposition make a cross × mark in the square after the word 'Yes'" "To vote against the proposition make a cross × mark in the square after the word 'No.'"

(c) Returns from the election shall be made to the board of directors who shall canvass the votes cast at the election on the second Friday following the date of the election. The board shall immediately certify the results of the election to the secretary of state. If a majority of those voting on the proposition voted in favor of the organization and creation of the district upon the petition or resolution, or amended or revised petition or resolution, the secretary of state shall thereupon issue to the board of directors a certificate of incorporation for the district, which shall be filed of record in the office of the register of deeds of each county in which all or a portion of the district lies. Upon such recordation of the certificate of incorporation the district shall be authorized to function in accordance with the provision of this act and its certificate of incorporation. If a majority of those voting on the proposition voted against the organization and creation of the district, the secretary of state shall endorse that fact on the face of the petition or resolution and the proceedings shall be closed. No action attacking the legal incorporation of any watershed district organized under this section shall be maintained unless filed within 90 days after the issuance of the certificate of incorporation for such district by the secretary of state, nor shall the alleged illegality of the incorporation of any such watershed district be interposed as a defense to any action brought after such time.

History: L. 1953, ch. 477, 7; L. 1955, ch. 201, § 5; L. 1957, ch. 226, § 4; L. 1959, ch. 172, § 6; L. 1961, ch. 193, § 7; L. 1995, ch. 210, § 7; May 4.



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