Section 11-50-344

Transfer of existing water or sewer systems to board; powers of board as to conveyance, etc., of title to systems.

The council of any city which shall have theretofore created a board of water and sewer commissioners and the waterworks board of any such city which shall have theretofore been formed under the provisions of Sections 11-50-230 through 11-50-241 are each hereby authorized and empowered, without the necessity of authorization of an election by the qualified voters of said city, to transfer and convey to such board of water and sewer commissioners all or any part of any water system or sewer system or both such systems then owned and operated by such city or by such waterworks board for such considerations and upon such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon; provided, however, that any such transfer or conveyance shall be subject to all bonds, mortgages, and other obligations, including revenue bonds, then outstanding which shall have theretofore been issued by such city or by such waterworks board and to all obligations under contracts which shall have theretofore been entered into by such city or such waterworks board in connection with the water system or sewer system or part thereof so transferred and conveyed, and such board of water and sewer commissioners as successors in interest of the city or of such waterworks board in and to the properties so transferred and conveyed shall assume the payment of all such bonds and obligations and the performance of the terms of all such contracts, and the employees of such city or of such waterworks board whose work is directly related to the properties so transferred and conveyed shall, insofar as practicable, continue to perform the same duties as theretofore without reduction in compensation and without impairment of the civil service, seniority, or retirement rights of such employees. The instrument effectuating any such transfer and conveyance may impose any conditions deemed advisable in connection with the management, operation, maintenance, and repair of the properties so transferred and conveyed.

Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as permitting such board of water and sewer commissioners to transfer title to such properties or to encumber the same in such manner that title may become vested in private ownership.

(Acts 1951, No. 775, p. 1359, §6.)