THE DRAIN CODE OF 1956 (EXCERPT)
Act 40 of 1956
280.192 Intercounty drain; cleaning out, petition; drainage board; survey; procedure.
Whenever a drain or portion thereof, which traverses lands in more than 1 county, and lands in more than 1 county shall be subject to assessments, needs cleaning out, relocating, widening, deepening, straightening, tiling, extending or relocating along a highway, or requires structures or mechanical devices that will properly purify or improve the flow of the drain or pumping equipment necessary to assist or relieve the flow of the drain, or needs supplementing by the construction of 1 or more relief drains which may consist of new drains or extensions, enlargements or connections to existing drains, or needs 1 or more branches added thereto, freeholders within the drainage district equal to 50% of the number of freeholders whose lands are traversed by said drain or drains in said petition or abut on any highway or street along either side of which such drain extends, between the point where said drain enters such highway and the point where it leaves such highway or street and which lands are within the drainage district, may make a petition in writing to the commissioner of any county having lands in such district setting forth the necessity of such proposed work. Whenever it is necessary for the public health of 1 or more cities, villages or townships, the petition may be signed solely by a city, village or township when duly authorized by its governing body or by any combination of such municipalities if the municipality or municipalities will be liable to assessments at large for a percentage of the total amount to be assessed for the cost of the proposed work. The percentage of cost apportioned to the municipality or municipalities shall be based upon the benefits to accrue to such municipality or municipalities and also the extent to which they contribute to the conditions which makes the drain necessary. Upon receipt of such petition, the commissioner shall notify the state director of agriculture and the commissioners of each county embracing any lands in the drainage district, and the director of agriculture shall call a meeting within the time and in the manner prescribed in section 122. The persons so named shall constitute a drainage board and if such work is then determined to be practicable, they may thereupon appoint a competent surveyor or engineer to make a survey of said drain, and lay out a drainage district according to section 104. After the surveyor or engineer has filed all data with the drainage board, the director of agriculture shall call a meeting as provided in section 122, and thereafter take all steps and perform all acts which are required to be done by said board upon a petition for the location, establishment and construction of drains as provided in sections 121 to 135. Such board and the commissioners shall exercise such power and be subject to such limitations as are provided in sections 121 to 135.
History: 1956, Act 40, Imd. Eff. Mar. 28, 1956
Am. 1957, Act 119, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1957
Am. 1959, Act 261, Imd. Eff. Aug. 21, 1959
Am. 1963, Act 36, Eff. Sept. 6, 1963
Am. 1965, Act 194, Imd. Eff. July 15, 1965
Am. 1968, Act 79, Eff. Nov. 15, 1968
Popular Name: Act 40
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