Section 11-50-522

Procedure for incorporation.

The corporation may be organized in the following manner: The applicants shall file an application with the governing body of each municipality located within the territory described in the application (which shall be the same territory as shall be described in the certificate of incorporation) seeking permission from each such municipality to organize the corporation. There shall be described generally in such application the boundaries of the territory proposed to be included in the power district upon organization of the corporation, but there shall not be included therein any territory served by an existing utility unless consent to the inclusion in the power district of the territory served by such existing utility shall be given by the owner of each such existing utility in such territory. If the governing body of each municipality in such territory shall, by appropriate resolution duly adopted, determine it to be advantageous that the corporation be formed and shall find that the applicants and the application meet the requirements hereinabove provided and shall further grant permission to the applicants to proceed with the organization of the corporation, then the applicants may thereafter execute a certificate of incorporation which shall set forth the following: The names of the applicants together with recitals stating the municipalities of their respective residences and that they are electors and property owners in the municipalities of their respective residences; a recital that the applicants desire to cause a corporation to be formed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter; a description of the power district and a recital that there is not any existing utility within the territory embraced therein or, if there is an existing utility in the power district, the name of each existing utility therein together with a recital that the original consent of the owner of each such utility to the inclusion in the power district of the territory served by such existing utility is attached as an exhibit to the certificate; the name of each municipality located within said territory; a recital that the governing body of each municipality located within the territory proposed to be served by the corporation has by appropriate resolution duly granted permission to organize the corporation; a recital that copies of such resolutions, duly certified by the clerks of the respective municipalities under their respective seals are attached as exhibits to the certificates; the name of the corporation; the location of the principal office of the corporation; and the period, if any, for the duration of the corporation. The certificate shall be sworn to by each applicant before an officer authorized by the laws of Alabama to take acknowledgments to deeds. The certificate shall be presented to the Secretary of State of Alabama who shall thereupon examine the same and, if he finds that the name proposed for the corporation is not identical with that of a person or other corporation in this state or so nearly similar thereto as to lead to confusion and uncertainty, and if he finds that the matters required in this section to be set out in the certificate are contained therein and the said exhibits are attached thereto, he shall receive and file the application and record it in an appropriate book of record in his office. The corporation shall thereupon be organized under the name stated in the certificate and shall constitute a public nonprofit corporation for the benefit of the municipalities located within the confines of such power district and for the purposes and with the powers and duties stated in this chapter.

(Acts 1943, No. 158, p. 142, §2.)