[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 8-25-1981 by Bill No. 81-5 as Title 3 of the Public Works Article of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
After April 18, 1916, the County Commissioners of Wicomico and Worcester Counties are hereby fully empowered to take such steps as they may deem proper to drain the lands along the upper waters of the Pocomoke River in said two counties by clearing out and deepening the bed of said river where it runs through said swamplands and by causing to be cut proper drains into said river through said lands so as to drain the same.
Before undertaking said work, said County Commissioners of Worcester County shall select a suitable engineer and the County Commissioners of Wicomico County shall likewise select a suitable engineer, and said two engineers shall jointly proceed to lay out a swamp district in each of said counties and ascertain the number of acres of land in said swamp district and also the number of acres in each county and shall make suitable plots of the same and shall lay off the swampland in each county into divisions or zones according to the benefits it will receive, in their judgment, from said drainage and the total cost, in their judgment, of draining said land.
Before beginning said work, the County Commissioners of each of said counties shall adopt said report with full power in them to amend, adopt or reject said report and plans or to modify the same in such manner as they may deem proper.
After the adoption of suitable plans for doing said work, the County Commissioners of the two counties shall advertise for bids in whole or in part for doing said work and shall award the contract for doing said work to the lowest responsible bidder and shall require each bidder to specify the time required for said work and shall require the bidder to whom the contract is awarded to give bond for the faithful performance of his contract according to said plans and specifications and may have such assistance as they may deem proper to see that said contract is properly performed.
The County Commissioners of each of said counties are hereby fully authorized and empowered to levy in their respective counties, upon the swamplands and lands drained in each district, such sum of money as may be necessary to pay each county's proportion in payment of said work, and the County Commissioners of each county are hereby fully authorized to levy such sum of money in one year or extend it over a period not exceeding five years in equal amounts each year, with an additional sum each year to pay the interest upon the unpaid portions of said money to be levied. Said County Commissioners in each of said counties are hereby authorized, in making said levy upon said swamplands and lands drained, to have the right to levy upon each swamp district or zone in each of said counties such proportion of said taxes as they may deem proper according to benefits received so as to make said tax fair and equitable.
Said County Commissioners shall have the authority, in their discretion, to rent, lease or purchase machinery and equipment designed for construction and maintenance of drainage channels.
Should the State of Maryland make an appropriation to aid in this work, without declaring how the same shall be applied, then the same shall be applied to the amount of debt incurred in each county in draining said swamplands according to the number of acres of swampland in each of said counties.