Section 11-97-4

Incorporation procedure; contents, execution, and filing of certificate of incorporation.

(a) Within 40 days following the adoption of an authorizing resolution the applicants shall proceed to incorporate a corporation by filing for record in the office of the judge of probate of the county or one of the counties in which the determining subdivision is located a certificate of incorporation which shall comply in form and substance with the requirements of this section and which shall be in the form and executed in the manner herein provided.

(b) The certificate of incorporation of the corporation shall state:

(1) The names of the persons forming the corporation, and that each of them is a duly qualified elector of the determining subdivision;

(2) The name of the corporation [which shall be "The Governmental Utility Services Corporation of ___________," with the insertion of the name of the determining subdivision (which name may include additional wording identifying the region served by the facility), unless the Secretary of State shall determine that such name is identical to the name of any other corporation organized under the laws of the state or so nearly similar thereto as to lead to confusion and uncertainty, in which case the incorporators may insert additional identifying words so as to eliminate said duplication or similarity];

(3) The period for the duration of the corporation (if the duration is to be perpetual, subject to the provisions of Section 11-97-23 hereof, that fact shall be stated);

(4) The name of the determining subdivision together with the date on which the governing body thereof adopted the authorizing resolution;

(5) The location of the principal office of the corporation, which shall be within the boundaries of the determining subdivision;

(6) That the corporation is organized pursuant to the provisions of this chapter; and

(7) Any other matters relating to the corporation that the incorporators may choose to insert and that are not inconsistent with this chapter or with the laws of the state.

(c) The certificate of incorporation shall be signed and acknowledged by the incorporators before an officer authorized by the laws of the state to take acknowledgments to deeds. When the certificate of incorporation is filed for record, there shall be attached to it (1) a copy of the application as filed with the governing body of the determining subdivision in accordance with the provisions of Section 11-97-3, (2) a certified copy of the authorizing resolution adopted by the governing body of the determining subdivision, and (3) a certificate by the Secretary of State that the name proposed for the corporation is not identical to that of any other corporation organized under the laws of the state or so nearly similar thereto as to lead to confusion and uncertainty.

(d) Upon the filing for record of the said certificate of incorporation and the documents required by the preceding sentence to be attached thereto, the corporation shall come into existence and shall constitute a public corporation under the name set forth in said certificate of incorporation. The judge of probate shall thereupon send a notice to the Secretary of State that the certificate of incorporation of the corporation has been filed for record.

(e) The authorization of the incorporation of one corporation shall not preclude the authorization by the governing body of any determining subdivision of the incorporation of other such authorities; provided, that such other corporations shall be required to adopt names or designations sufficient to distinguish them from any corporation theretofore incorporated.

(Acts 1984, No. 84-314, p. 695, §4.)