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  88.633.  Water supply. — 1.  The council may make contracts with any person, association or corporation for furnishing the city with water, and for supplying fire hydrants and public fountains, but no such contract shall be made for a longer time than twenty years.  Any initial contract must be ratified by the vote of a majority of the voters of the city voting on the question.  Any renewal contracts entered into under the provisions of this section shall be subject to voter approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question, pursuant to the provisions of section 88.251.

  2.  The council may erect, maintain and operate waterworks for the city, and may regulate the same, may prescribe and regulate the rates to charge to private consumers of water furnished from such waterworks, and may acquire by purchase, donation or condemnation, suitable grounds within or without the city upon which to erect such works, and the right-of-way to and from such works, and also the right-of-way for laying water pipes and posts and telephone, telegraph or electric wires and poles, under or above ground, as may be necessary for the efficient operation of said waterworks; all of which shall be done in such manner as shall be prescribed by ordinance, and the council may in its discretion grant the right to any person, association or corporation to erect, maintain and operate waterworks, and lay pipes, erect poles and telegraph, telephone and other electric wires, under or above ground, as may be necessary for the efficient operation of such works, upon such terms as the council may by ordinance prescribe, but in no case shall such right extend for a longer period than twenty years, except that such right may be renewed for another period or periods not to exceed twenty years per period.  Every initial grant for such services shall be approved by a majority of the voters of the municipality voting on the question.  Every renewal or extension shall be subject to voter approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question, pursuant to section 88.251.  Nothing in this section* and section 88.630 shall be so construed as to prevent any city council from contracting with any person, association, or corporation for supplying fire hydrants and public fountains, and to furnish the city with gas or electric lights in cities where franchises have already been granted and where waterworks and electric plants already exist, without a vote of the people.

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(RSMo 1939 § 6967, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1471, et al., A.L. 1989 H.B. 451)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 6821; 1919 § 8303; 1909 § 9239

*Word "section" does not appear in original rolls.


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