AN ACT TO EXPAND THE MEMBERSHIP OF CERTAIN METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE DISTRICTS, AND TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES TO STUDY WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT, INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL, AND NATIVE HABITAT RESTORATION ON PROPERTIES MANAGED BY THE STATE.
Enacts GS 162A-68.5 to permit a county meeting three criteria to request by resolution to be included in a metropolitan sewerage district any time subsequent to the creation of a district. Requires that the county be contracting with the district for bulk service; have installed any portion of a sewage disposal system, sewerage system, or sewers, in the county; and the district serves customers in the county as of the date of the resolution. Requires the district board to send certain maps and descriptions of the current and proposed extension of sewerage devices to the Environmental Review Commission (Commission) and the requesting county upon receipt of the resolution. Requires the Commission and the requesting county to conduct a public hearing with 30 days' public notice, after which the Commission must adopt a resolution expanding and defining the boundaries of the district to include the requesting county if determined not harmful to public health or welfare. Requires the Commission's resolution to include the effective date of inclusion of the requesting county in the district. Sets out procedures for setting aside or obtaining relief from such an adopted resolution of the Commission, requiring commencement within 30 days of adoption before barred from any action, defense, or question of the resolution. Subjects a requesting county included within an existing district by resolution of the Commission to all debts of the district. Provides for the expansion of the district board by two members of the requesting county, with appointment and terms as specified. Provides for the expansion of the district board by up to one additional member from the requesting county if either of the two triggering effects occur after the expansion of the district, concerning increase in customers of the requesting county or increase in the amount of untreated sewage in the requesting county. Excludes any expansion under the statute from the provisions of GS 162A-67(a)(4) and GS 162A-68, regarding certain district board member appointment and election.
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