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88.17

SUBCHAPTER II
APPOINTMENT, POWERS AND DUTIES
OF DRAINAGE BOARD
88.17 Appointment and organization of drainage board.

88.17(1)

(1) The court shall appoint a drainage board either upon the filing of a petition for organization of a drainage district under this chapter in a county that does not already have a drainage board or upon the filing of a petition by a landowner in a drainage district or the state drainage engineer for appointment of a drainage board in a county that already has a drainage district. The board shall consist of 3 persons. One member of the original board shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for 2 years and one for 3 years. Upon the expiration of the term of office of a board member, the court shall appoint a successor for a 3-year term in the same manner as the original appointment was made.

88.17(2)

(2) A drainage board may by rule, after the original board is appointed, increase the number of members to 5. In the rule increasing the number of members, the board shall provide for staggered terms, with all members serving terms of 5 years. After increasing the number of board members, the board may, by rule, reduce the number of members to 3, but only if the size of the board is reduced as vacancies occur on the board.

88.17(2d)

(2d) The board shall notify the court if any position on the board becomes vacant and the court shall appoint a successor. The board shall notify the court if the size of the board is increased under sub. (2) and the court shall appoint the additional board members. If a position on the board remains vacant for more than 6 months, either the state drainage engineer or any landowner in a drainage district subject to the jurisdiction of the board may petition the court to appoint a successor.

88.17(2h)

(2h) The court shall appoint drainage board members from among persons recommended by any of the following:

88.17(2h)(a)

(a) The committee on agriculture and extension education created under s. 59.56 (3) (b), which shall recommend at least 3 persons for each position to be filled.

88.17(2h)(b)

(b) At least 3 landowners owning property in a drainage district that is subject to the jurisdiction of the drainage board.

88.17(2p)

(2p) In appointing members, the court shall attempt to assure that at least one of the members serving on the drainage board at any time is an experienced farmer who is familiar with drainage and that another of the members is familiar to some extent with drainage engineering.

88.17(2t)

(2t) A drainage board member shall serve until a successor is appointed and qualified.

88.17(3)

(3) Each member of the board shall take and file the official oath.

88.17(4)

(4) Ownership of or interest in lands sought to be drained does not disqualify a person from acting as a member of the drainage board, but any board member may request the court to, and the court may in its discretion, appoint a suitable person to act in a member's place when the board is considering matters pertaining to the particular drainage district in which the member is interested.

88.17(5)

(5) When all its members have been duly sworn and qualified, the drainage board is a permanent body corporate and is subject to all rules of law applicable to public corporations.

88.17(6)

(6) The board shall organize by election one of its members president and another of its members secretary. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum to do business. In the absence of a quorum, any member present may adjourn any meeting and make announcement thereof.

88.17(7)

(7) Each board member shall be reimbursed for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of the member's duties and, in addition, shall receive as compensation for actual and necessary services a per diem in an amount determined by the drainage board, not to exceed $40. In addition, the county board may reimburse drainage board members for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in performance of duties on behalf of the county.

88.17(8)

(8) Each board member shall keep an accurate record of services rendered and expenses incurred by the member, together with the date thereof and the district for which services were rendered or in connection with which expenses were incurred. Board members shall file their bills for compensation and expenses with the county treasurer. Each bill shall indicate the district to which specific items are to be charged or the proportion of the bill to be paid by specified districts. The county treasurer, as treasurer of drainage districts, shall pay the bill if funds are available for that purpose and shall charge the accounts of the respective drainage districts liable for the bill in accordance with the order allowing the bill.

88.17(9)

(9) The court may by order abolish the drainage board if there no longer are any drainage districts in the county.

88.17 - ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 449; 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 456; 1995 a. 201.

88.17 - ANNOT.

NOTE: 1993 Wis. Act 456, which substantially affects this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.