ORS 554.110¹
Powers of directors

The board of directors shall have full power and authority to:

(1) Build, construct and complete any works and improvements needed to carry out the plan of improvement of the lands described in the articles of incorporation.

(2) In the name of the corporation, make all necessary water filings and appropriations of water for every purpose of the articles of incorporation.

(3) Operate and maintain such works as are necessary, convenient or beneficial for said purposes.

(4) Hire employees as may be required, and purchase machinery, equipment and supplies.

(5) Generally contract with reference to any of said matters as the board may determine for the purposes and within the scope of the powers granted in ORS 554.005 (Filing requirements) to 554.340 (Judicial determination of legality of proceedings) for improving the land. [Amended by 1995 c.79 §307]

Notes of Decisions

Corpora­tion incorporated under this chapter has power to improve and repair irriga­tion ditches and to enter land of members for that purpose. Davis v. Nye Ditch Users Improve­ment District, 247 Or App 266, 268 P3d 778 (2011)

Corpora­tion incorporated under chapter is not re­quired to acquire wa­ter or prop­erty rights in order to operate or maintain irriga­tion works. Davis v. Nye Ditch Users Improve­ment District, 247 Or App 266, 268 P3d 778 (2011)

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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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