Senate File 2352 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2352 BY COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT (SUCCESSOR TO SF 2203) A BILL FOR An Act relating to drainage and levee districts, by providing 1 for repairs that require a report by an engineer or soil and 2 water conservation district conservationist. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5854SV (3) 88 da/ns
S.F. 2352 Section 1. Section 468.126, subsection 1, paragraph d, Code 1 2020, is amended to read as follows: 2 d. If a hearing is required under Notwithstanding paragraph 3 “c” “b” , if the estimated cost of the repair exceeds fifty 4 thousand dollars or the adjusted competitive bid threshold, 5 whichever is more, the board shall order an engineer’s report 6 or a report from the soil and water conservation district 7 conservationist regarding the matter to which shall be 8 presented at the hearing provided in paragraph “c” . The board 9 may waive the report requirement if a prior report on the 10 repair exists and that report is less than ten years old. At 11 the hearing, the board shall hear objections to the feasibility 12 of making the proposed repair. 13 EXPLANATION 14 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 15 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 16 This bill amends Code section 468.126 by providing for 17 required reports on repairs made to a drainage or levee 18 district (district) as ordered by a board managing the district 19 (board). The bill requires a board to order a report from 20 a civil or drainage engineer or soil and water conservation 21 district conservationist regarding a proposed repair if 22 the repair’s estimated cost exceeds $50,000 or the adjusted 23 competitive bid threshold, whichever is more. The report must 24 be presented at the hearing of landowners. 25 BACKGROUND. Generally, there are two types of projects 26 authorized under Code section 468.126, a repair which refers 27 to restoring a facility to its original design or efficiency 28 and an improvement which enhances or enlarges the district’s 29 facility. A board determines whether to conduct a hearing 30 of landowners regarding a repair or improvement based on the 31 project’s estimated cost as provided in the report. A hearing 32 is required if the estimated cost of the repair or improvement 33 exceeds $50,000. In that case, the report is presented at 34 the hearing. There are several types of boards that may have 35 -1- LSB 5854SV (3) 88 da/ns 1/ 2
S.F. 2352 jurisdiction to decide whether or not to order a repair or 1 improvement, including a board of supervisors, a joint board of 2 supervisors, or an elected board of trustees. 3 -2- LSB 5854SV (3) 88 da/ns 2/ 2