(70 ILCS 755/5)
(a) The Cass County Board may, by ordinance approved by the affirmative vote of the majority of the members of the county board, create the Beardstown Regional Flood Prevention District to perform emergency levee repair and flood prevention, prevent the loss of life or property, and comply with the levee requirements imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The Beardstown Regional Flood Prevention District shall include all properties located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) floodplain map with a Provisionally Accredited Levees (PAL) expiration date of January 27, 2011, and all properties within or later annexed to or incorporated into the South Beardstown Levee and Drainage District, the Valley Levee and Drainage District, the Lost Creek Levee and Drainage District, the City of Beardstown, and the Beardstown Sanitary District regardless of the elevation of the properties. The Beardstown Regional Flood Prevention District shall work in concert with affected existing drainage districts, the City of Beardstown, the Beardstown Sanitary District, the Cass County Board, the people of Cass County, FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to the powers and authority granted to the District in Section 15 of this Act, the District shall be responsible for performing and funding all regular and necessary repairs and maintenance to the levees including, but not limited to: (i) the repair, maintenance and replacement of pipes, relief wells, infrastructure, and other structures existing on or within the levees as of the effective date of this Act or which may be constructed or installed by the District after its establishment; (ii) the removal and abatement of unwanted vegetation and nuisance animals; (iii) the mowing of the levees; and (iv) the establishment and maintenance of levee sod covering. The creation of the Beardstown Regional Flood Protection District shall neither constitute nor be deemed a conveyance of title or ownership to the district of any properties within the district.
(b) The district created under this Act shall be dissolved upon the later of (i) 25 years after the date the district is created or (ii) the payment of all obligations of the county and district under Section 20 of this Act and any federal reimbursement moneys under Section 25 of this Act. The district may be dissolved earlier if all federal reimbursement moneys have been paid and all obligations of the county and district incurred under this Act have been paid, including any obligations related to bonds issued under Section 15 of this Act and any obligations incurred pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement.
Upon dissolution of the district, sole possession, control, and maintenance of the properties and improvements within the district shall revert back to the South Beardstown Levee and Drainage District, the Valley Levee and Drainage District, the Lost Creek Levee and Drainage District, the City of Beardstown, and the Beardstown Sanitary District, as existed prior to the creation of the district.
(Source: P.A. 97-309, eff. 8-11-11.)