Montana Code Annotated 2014

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     85-8-101. Petition for creation of district. (1) Whenever a majority of the owners of lands within any district of land who shall represent one-third in area of the land within said district to be reclaimed or benefited or whenever the owners of more than one-half of the lands within such district desire to construct one or more drains, ditches, levees, waste ditches, or other works across the lands of others or to straighten, widen, deepen, or otherwise alter any natural stream or watercourse not navigable, for the promotion of the public health or welfare and the drainage of the lands and removal of surface waters therefrom; or desire to maintain and keep in repair any such drain, ditch, or levee heretofore constructed under any law of this state, such owners may file, in the district court of any county in which the lands or any part of them shall lie, a petition setting forth:
     (a) the proposed name of the drainage district;
     (b) the necessity of the proposed work;
     (c) a general description of the proposed starting points, routes, and termini of the proposed drain, ditches, and levees;
     (d) a general description of the lands proposed to be included in the district;
     (e) the names of the owners of all lands in the district, when known.
     (2) If the purpose of the petitioners is the enlargement, repair, and maintenance of a ditch, levee, or other work heretofore constructed under any law of this state, the petition shall give a general description of the same, with such particulars as are considered important. The petition shall pray for the organization of a drainage district by the name and with the boundaries proposed and for the appointment of commissioners for the execution of such proposed work, according to the provisions of this and the following sections.
     (3) (a) Any lands, the title to which is in the state and which are within the boundaries of any drainage district heretofore created or which may be hereafter created, may be included in any such drainage district in the same manner as is by law provided for adding other lands to drainage districts whenever it is found necessary to include lands in drainage districts as provided by the preceding subsections.
     (b) All copies of petitions or notices required by law to be served on account of such lands being included in such drainage districts shall be served on the president of the board having control of such lands in the same manner as is hereinafter provided for the service of petitions and notices on other owners of lands in the district in which said lands are situated.

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 129, L. 1921; re-en. Sec. 7265, R.C.M. 1921; re-en. Sec. 7265, R.C.M. 1935; R.C.M. 1947, 89-2201; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 326, L. 1979.

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