(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), after a district has been located and established
as provided, the county legislative body shall appoint two (2) directors, or in its
discretion, four (4) directors of the district, who shall be owners of lands, or interested
in lands, in the district, and at least one (1) of those first appointed to be one
of the petitioners for the establishment of the district or a petitioner's successor
in estate or interest, the directors to hold their offices for two (2) years from
the date of appointment. These two (2) or four (4) thus appointed and their successors, together with the
county mayor, shall constitute the directors, or board of directors, of such district,
and as directors shall have the general control and management of the business affairs
of the district and supervision of the district, and be vested with power to make
contracts, for all improvement to be done in the district.
(b) In any county having a population of not less than thirty-four thousand eight
hundred fifty (34,850) nor more than thirty-five thousand (35,000), according to the
1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, the county legislative body
may, in its discretion, appoint six (6) directors of the drainage district. If the county legislative body elects, in its discretion, to appoint six (6) such
directors, the directors shall otherwise comply with all the requirements governing
directors of drainage districts set out in subsection (a).
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