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74.020 Appointment of commissioners -- Number -- Terms -- Removal -- Vacancies -- Organization -- Bond -- Compensation -- Mandatory training -- Notice of <br>vacancy. (1) A water district shall be administered by a board of commissioners which shall control and manage the affairs of the district. The term of each commissioner is four <br>(4) years, except as provided in this section: <br>(a) If a district lies wholly within a single county, or operates as a single-county district, as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, the board of <br>commissioners shall be composed of either three (3) or five (5) members as <br>the county judge/executive shall determine. Members of the board shall be <br>residents of the district, or of any incorporated or unincorporated area served <br>by the district in the county in which the district was originally established, <br>who shall be appointed by the county judge/executive with the approval of the <br>fiscal court. Initial appointments shall be for terms of two (2), three (3), and <br>four (4) years, as designated by the court. (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, if a district formed in a single county extends its area to include territory in one (1) or more adjacent <br>counties, as provided by KRS 74.115, the board of commissioners shall be <br>appointed by the appropriate county judges/executive, with the approval of the <br>respective fiscal courts of the concerned counties as follows: in two (2) county <br>districts, three (3) members from the original district and two (2) members <br>from the extended portion of the district; for extensions into three (3) or more <br>counties, the respective county judges/executive, with the approval of the <br>respective fiscal courts, shall appoint, in addition to the existing membership <br>of the commission, two (2) members from the original one-county district and <br>two (2) members from the newly extended portion of the district. Orders <br>establishing the extension shall provide for the staggering of initial terms in an <br>equitable manner. (c) If a district acquires an existing water or gas distribution system serving an area which extends beyond the boundaries of the district into one (1) or more <br>additional counties, or if a district extends its area to include territory in one <br>(1) or more adjacent counties as provided by KRS 74.115, it may operate the <br>distribution system so acquired, or extended, without adding additional board <br>members, if the new area to be served shall be deemed to be a minor portion <br>of the total area served by the district, and if the fiscal court of the county <br>containing the minor portion of the total area shall have agreed to the <br>acquisition or to the extension of the distribution system. If less than twenty-<br>five percent (25%) of the total assets of the distribution system are located <br>within any particular county included in the territorial boundaries of the <br>district, it shall be conclusively presumed, with respect to that particular <br>county, that the district comes within the terms of this subsection. (2) A commissioner may be removed from office as provided by KRS 65.007 or 74.455. (3) A commissioner who participates in any official action by the water district board of commissioners which results in a direct financial benefit to him may be removed <br>from office as provided by KRS 65.007 or 74.455. (4) Vacancies shall be filled by the same appointing authority which is empowered to make the original appointment. Vacancies resulting from cause other than <br>expiration of the term shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Notwithstanding <br>KRS 67.710, a vacancy resulting from the expiration of a term or the death, <br>resignation, or removal of the incumbent shall be filled by the Public Service <br>Commission if, within ninety (90) days following the vacancy, the vacancy has not <br>been filled by the appropriate county judge/executive with approval of the fiscal <br>court. (5) The commission shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, and any other officers and assistant officers as the commission may deem necessary, each of <br>whom shall be members of the commission. Any two (2) or more offices may be <br>held by the same person, except that the chairman may not hold any other office. <br>Each commissioner shall execute a bond for the faithful performance of the duties <br>of his position. (6) Each commissioner shall receive an annual salary of not more than thirty-six hundred dollars (&#36;3,600), which shall be paid out of the water district fund, except <br>that beginning January 1, 1999, each commissioner who completes during an <br>educational year a minimum of six (6) instructional hours of water district <br>management training approved by the Public Service Commission may receive an <br>annual salary of not more than six thousand dollars (&#36;6,000) to be paid out of the <br>water district fund. An educational year shall begin on January 1 and end on the <br>following December 31. In the case of single-county districts, which shall be <br>deemed to include districts described in paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of this <br>section, the salary shall be fixed by the county judges/executive with the approval of <br>the fiscal court; in multicounty districts, it shall be fixed by the agreement between <br>the county judges/executive with the approval of their fiscal courts. In fixing and <br>approving the salary of the commissioners, the county judge/executive and the fiscal <br>court shall take into consideration the financial condition of the district and its <br>ability to meet its obligations as they mature. (7) (a) In order to receive an increase in salary as specified in subsection (6) of this section, commissioners shall successfully complete six (6) instructional hours <br>of water district management training annually. The training shall be approved <br>and paid for by the water district of the county the commissioner represents. <br>Those commissioners not required to complete the six (6) instructional hours <br>shall be reimbursed for the cost of instruction if they choose to complete the <br>water district training. (b) The Public Service Commission shall be responsible for the regulation of all water district management training programs for commissioners of water <br>districts, combined water, gas, or sewer districts, or water commissions. (c) The Public Service Commission shall encourage and promote the offering of high quality water district management training programs that enhance a water district commissioner's understanding of his or her responsibilities and duties. <br>The commission shall, no later than January 1, 1999, establish standards and <br>procedures to evaluate, accredit, and approve water district management <br>training programs. (8) (a) At least once annually, the Public Service Commission shall provide or cause to be conducted a program of instruction, consisting of at least twelve (12) <br>hours of instruction, that is intended to train newly appointed commissioners <br>in the laws governing the management and operation of water districts and <br>other subjects that the Public Service Commission deems appropriate. The <br>commission may charge a reasonable registration fee to recover the cost of the <br>programs and may accredit programs of instruction that are conducted by <br>other persons or entities and that the commission deems equivalent to its <br>program of instruction. (b) Within twelve (12) months of his or her initial appointment, each commissioner shall complete the program of instruction described in <br>paragraph (a) of this subsection. Any commissioner who fails to complete the <br>program within twelve (12) months of his or her initial appointment shall <br>forfeit his or her office and all right to act in discharge of the duties of the <br>office. A commissioner required to attend a program under this subsection <br>shall be reimbursed for the cost of instruction by his or her water district. (9) (a) Within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of a vacancy on its board of commissioners resulting from the expiration of a term or the death, <br>resignation, or removal of the incumbent, a water district shall notify in <br>writing the Public Service Commission of the existence of the vacancy. The <br>notice shall include the name of the commissioner who last held the position <br>and the date on which the unexpired term will end. (b) Within thirty (30) days of the appointment of a commissioner and the appropriate fiscal court's approval of that appointment, a water district shall <br>notify the Public Service Commission of the appointment. The notice shall <br>include the appointed person's name and the date of the expiration of his or <br>her term. (10) The Public Service Commission may promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13A to implement the requirements of this section. Effective: July 15, 2010 <br>History: Amended 2010 Ky. Acts ch. 18, sec. 1, effective July 15, 2010. -- Amended 2008 Ky. Acts ch. 6, sec. 3, effective July 15, 2008. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 76, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1996 Ky. Acts ch. 236, sec. 1, <br>effective April 4, 1996. -- Amended 1994 Ky. Acts ch. 298, sec. 1, effective July 15, <br>1994. -- Amended 1992 Ky. Acts ch. 310, sec. 1, effective July 14, 1992; and <br>ch. 388, sec. 3, effective July 14, 1992. -Amended 1984 Ky. Acts ch. 307, sec. 1, <br>effective July 13, 1984. -- Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 330, sec. 9, effective July 15, <br>1982. -- Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 18, sec. 4, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended <br>1978 Ky. Acts ch. 384, sec. 181, effective June 17, 1978. -- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 257, sec. 1. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 309, sec. 1. -- Amended 1970 Ky. <br>Acts ch. 218, sec. 1. -- Amended 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 170, sec. 1; and ch. 255, sec. 88. <br>-- Amended 1962 Ky. Acts ch. 218, sec. 1. -- Amended 1958 Ky. Acts ch. 174, sec. 1. -- Amended 1952 Ky. Acts ch. 12, sec. 1. -- Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts <br>ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. secs. 928g-2, 938g-4.