6101.69 Consolidation of districts.

If any conservancy district is being organized within, or partly within and partly without, the same territory in which some other district has been or is being organized, one judge of the court of common pleas of each county in which the districts have been or are being organized shall confer at the earliest convenient moment after they ascertain the possibility of a conflict in jurisdiction, the sitting to be had in the county having the largest assessed valuation in the proposed district.

At the conference, the several judges shall determine to what extent the several districts should be consolidated or to what extent the boundaries should be adjusted in order to most fully carry out the purposes of this chapter. The judges shall by suitable orders make the determination effective. If notices have been issued or jurisdiction acquired in any proceeding concerning territory which is transferred to the court of common pleas of another county, the notices shall not become void, and jurisdiction so acquired shall not be lost; but, in each case, the court acquiring jurisdiction over the transferred territory shall hold the same without further notice, as if originally embraced in the district. At the conference, the decision of the majority of the judges shall be necessary for the determination of any matter, and, from the decision or from a failure to decide, appeal may be taken.

This section and section 6101.68 of the Revised Code do not operate to delay or to interrupt any proceeding under this chapter, until the question of jurisdiction has been finally determined by the courts.

Effective Date: 09-21-2000