ORS 554.090¹
  • qualifications
  • president
  • seal
  • secretary-treasurer
  • exercise of corporate powers
  • indemnification

(1) No person is eligible to the office of director unless the person is a member of the corporation. The directors named in the articles of incorporation and thereafter when elected by the members shall promptly qualify and thereupon meet and organize and elect one of their number president who shall preside at their meetings and at the meetings of the members. The board shall adopt a seal with a suitable design.

(2) The board shall elect a secretary who shall keep a fair and correct record of all its proceedings and the official business of the corporation, which shall be open to the inspection of all members as well as to all other interested persons. The secretary may or may not be a member of the board and shall hold the office of treasurer of the corporation and shall receive and receipt for all moneys received.

(3) From the first meeting of the directors, the powers vested in the corporation shall be exercised by them or by their officers or agents under their direction except as otherwise specially provided by law.

(4) Subject to ORS 554.150 (Action to compel assessment), the directors and officers of any corporation incorporated under this chapter shall be entitled to indemnification in the same manner as allowed under ORS 65.387 (Definitions for ORS 65.387 to 65.414) to 65.414 (Application of ORS 65.387 to 65.411). [Amended by 1969 c.345 §17; 1995 c.233 §3]

Chapter 554

Notes of Decisions

Water improve­ment district formed under this chapter is unit of govern­ment for purposes of filing suit under ORS 305.583 (Interested taxpayer petitions for certain determinations), but is not “govern­mental unit” within meaning of sec­tion 11b, Article XI of Oregon Constitu­tion. Comeaux v. Water Wonderland Improve­ment Dist., 12 OTR 132 (1992), aff’d 315 Or 562, 847 P2d 841 (1993)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of State Land Board to enter into nonprofit wa­ter supply district corpora­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2199

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 554—Corporations for Irrigation, Drainage, Water Supply or Flood Control, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors554.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 554, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano554.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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