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88.83

88.83 Transfer of district to city or village jurisdiction.

88.83(1)

(1) The owners of a majority of the land in any drainage district located entirely within the corporate limits of a city or village may petition the drainage board having jurisdiction of the district to transfer jurisdiction thereof to the city or village.

88.83(1m)

(1m) The owners of a majority of the land lying within the corporate limits of a city or village in any drainage district located partially within the corporate limits of a city or village may petition the drainage board having jurisdiction of the district to transfer jurisdiction of that part of the district located within the city or village to the city or village if the district and the city or village are in agreement regarding the terms of transfer.

88.83(1r)

(1r) The owners of a majority of the land lying within the limits of a town in any drainage district located partially within the limits of the town may petition the drainage board having jurisdiction of the district to transfer jurisdiction of that part of the district located within the town to the town if the district and the town are in agreement regarding the terms of transfer. The provisions of subs. (3), (4) and (5) governing the transfer of a section of a drainage district to a city or village are applicable to a transfer under this subsection.

88.83(2)

(2) Upon receiving a petition under this section the drainage board shall fix the time and place of the hearing on the petition and shall cause notice of the hearing to be given under s. 88.05 (2) (b) to the persons specified in s. 88.05 (4) (b).

88.83(3)

(3) If the drainage board finds upon the hearing that the petition is signed by the owners of a majority of the land in the district, or by a majority of the owners in that part of the district lying within the corporate limits of a city or village, it shall issue an order transferring jurisdiction of the district or part of the district to the city or village. If the order transfers jurisdiction of the entire district, the drainage district shall cease to exist as a district under this chapter and shall automatically come under the jurisdiction of the governing body of the city or village in which the district is located. If the order transfers jurisdiction of only a part of the district, the section transferred shall automatically come under the jurisdiction of the governing body of the city or village in which the district is located. After a transfer, all proceedings with reference to the drainage district or part of the district shall be under the city or village drainage law.

88.83(4)

(4) As an alternative, proceedings covered by this section may be initiated by a resolution of the governing body of a city or village. The resolution shall state that the city or village is willing to accept the drain or part of the drain and to administer it under the laws pertaining to the operation of drains by the city or village, and that the public interest requires that the city or village take over the operation of the drain or part of the drain. The resolution shall be published as a class 1 notice under ch. 985. The city or village may petition the drainage board having jurisdiction of the drain to issue an order transferring jurisdiction of the district or part of the district to the city or village. No hearing may be held on the petition until 30 days have elapsed from the date of publication of the notice. A copy of the petition, together with a copy of the resolution, shall be served on the county clerk of the county in which the drain is located, and also upon the board having jurisdiction of the drain. After the hearing the drainage board may issue an order transferring jurisdiction of the drain or part of the drain to the city or village. If an order is issued that transfers jurisdiction of the entire district, the drainage district shall cease to exist as a district under this chapter and shall automatically come under the jurisdiction of the governing body of the city or village in which the district is located. If the order transfers jurisdiction of only a part of the district, the section transferred shall automatically come under the jurisdiction of the governing body of the city or village in which the district is located. After a transfer, all proceedings with reference to the drainage district or part of the district shall be under the city or village drainage law.

88.83(5)

(5) Upon entry of the order transferring jurisdiction of such district to such city or village, the county treasurer shall pay to the city or village treasurer of such city or village all moneys in the county treasurer's hands which belong to such drainage district. Upon entry of an order transferring jurisdiction of a part of a district to the city or village in which it is located, the county treasurer shall pay to the city or village treasurer a proportional share of the moneys in the county treasurer's hands which belong to the drainage district based upon assessed benefits transferred less a proportional share of outstanding indebtedness.

88.83 - ANNOT.

History: 1979 c. 110 s. 60 (11); 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 456.