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2016 Statute

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19-27a03.Creation of district by petition; contents; unsanitary conditions. (a) Subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 19-270, the board of county commissioners of any county shall have the power to create a sewer district in the manner hereinafter provided whenever:

(1) A petition requesting the creation of a sewer district is filed with the board; or

(2) the secretary of health and environment or the local health officer determines and certifies to the board that unsanitary conditions exist or are expected to develop and which may be removed or prevented by the installation and utilization of sewers.

(b) Any petition requesting the creation of a sewer district shall be signed by the owners of at least 51% of the acreage of the land in the proposed district. The petition shall state:

(A) The boundaries of the improvement district;

(B) the nature of the improvement;

(C) the estimated cost of the improvement;

(D) the proposed method of assessment; and

(E) the proposed apportionment of cost, if any, between the district and any other sewer district operated and maintained by the governing body.

The petition also shall state that if the board of county commissioners determines the improvement project is not feasible that all costs and expenses of the work, including preliminary planning, engineering, legal and other preliminary work of skilled persons employed by the board shall be assessed against the property of persons signing such petition. Any person signing the petition who desires to withdraw such person's name may do so by giving written notice to the county clerk on or before the date of the hearing on the petition. The petition shall be null and void after the board has determined not to create the district or after a period of two years from the date of the first signature on the petition, whichever occurs first.

History: L. 1983, ch. 99, § 4; L. 1986, ch. 70, § 3; May 15.

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