(A) If any person or public corporation, within or without any conservancy district, considers itself injuriously affected in any manner by any act performed by any official or agent of the district, or by the execution, maintenance, or operation of the official plan, and if no other method of relief is offered under this chapter, the remedy shall be as follows:
(1) The person or public corporation considering itself to be injuriously affected shall petition the court before which the district was organized for an appraisal of damages sufficient to compensate for the injuries.
(2) The court shall direct the board of appraisers of the conservancy district to appraise the damages and injuries, and to make a report to the court on or before the time named in the order of the court.
(3) Upon the filing of the report of the board of appraisers, the court shall notify the petitioner and the board of directors of the conservancy district of a hearing on the report. At the time of the hearing, the court shall consider the report of the board of appraisers, and may ratify the report or amend it as the court considers equitable, or may return it to the board of appraisers and require it to prepare a new report.
(4) Upon the filing of an order of the court approving the report of the board of appraisers, with such modifications as it has made, the order constitutes a final adjudication of the matter unless it is appealed from within twenty days. Appeal to a jury from the order may be had by the petitioner, by the board of directors, or by any person or public corporation that has been assessed for the costs of the district.
(B) No damages shall be allowed under this section that would not otherwise be allowed in law. Nothing in this section shall be construed as expressly imposing any liability upon a conservancy district.
Effective Date: 09-21-2000 .