Section 11-50-265

Transfer of gas plant or system to waterworks board; sale or transfer of plant or system by board to utility regulated by state Public Service Commission.

(a) Every city or town now or hereafter owning and operating a municipal gas plant or distribution system and in which municipality a waterworks board is now or hereafter incorporated under the provisions of Division 1 of this article is hereby authorized to transfer and convey such gas plant or system or both to such waterworks board pursuant to the provisions of an ordinance theretofore duly enacted by the governing body of such city or town and without the necessity of authorization at an election of the qualified voters thereof; provided, that if at the time of such transfer the city or town has outstanding any bonds or other obligations payable from or secured by the revenues or earnings of such gas plant or system, it shall be incumbent upon the waterworks board of such city or town to pay the amount thereof to such city or town at the time of such transfer or thereafter as such bonds or other obligations and interest thereon become due. The governing authority of such city or town is hereby authorized to enter into any agreements with such waterworks board as it deems necessary in order to effectuate such transfer and, in the instruments of transfer, may impose any conditions or stipulations deemed advisable for the subsequent control, management, operation, extension, and improvement of the gas plant or system by the waterworks board.

(b) Any waterworks board to which a municipal gas plant or system is transferred may thereafter sell or transfer such gas plant or system to utility companies or corporations regulated by the Alabama Public Service Commission, and title thereto may also be subjected to a mortgage or deed of trust as security for the repayment of any loan made or money borrowed by such waterworks board. No waterworks board shall sell or transfer such gas plant or system to utility companies or corporations regulated by the Alabama Public Service Commission, except with the express consent of the governing body of the municipality in which said waterworks board is located, and such consent shall be expressed by a duly adopted ordinance of the municipal governing body, which ordinance shall be adopted within 30 days of the date of sale or transfer.

(Acts 1947, No. 154, p. 48, §6; Acts 1969, No. 636, p. 1165.)