COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
31-832. declaration of catastrophic public nuisance — AUTHORITY TO DECLARE AND DEMAND ABATEMENT. (1) The chief executive officer of a county or the county sheriff may determine that a catastrophic public nuisance exists on land within the borders of the county.
(2) In evaluating whether a catastrophic public nuisance exists, the chief executive officer of a county or a county sheriff may consider: tree density and overall health of a forested area, including the fire regime condition class; insect and disease infestation, including insect and disease hazard ratings; fuel loads; forest or range type; slope and other natural characteristics of an area; watershed protection criteria; weather and climate; and any other factor that the chief executive officer of a county or a county sheriff considers to be relevant under the circumstances.
(3) The chief executive officer of a county or a county sheriff shall after consultation with the attorney general:
(a) Serve notice of the determination described in subsection (1) of this section, by hand or certified mail, on the federal agency that managed the land upon which the catastrophic nuisance exists; and
(b) Provide a copy of the determination that is served under paragraph (a) of this subsection to the governor, the attorney general, and the state’s congressional delegation.
(4) The notice described in subsection (3)(a) of this section shall include: a detailed explanation for determination that a catastrophic public nuisance exists on the land in question; a demand that the federal agency formulate a plan to abate the catastrophic nuisance; and a specific date, no less than thirty (30) days after the day on which the notice is received, by which time the federal agency that managed the land shall abate the public nuisance or produce a plan for mitigating the catastrophic public nuisance that is acceptable to the county or other county.
(5) The chief executive officer of a county or a county sheriff may enter into a plan with the relevant federal agency to abate the catastrophic public nuisance.
(6) If, after receiving the notice described in subsections (3)(a) and (4) of this section, the federal agency does not respond by the date requested in the notice or otherwise indicates that the federal agency is unwilling to take action to abate the catastrophic public nuisance, the chief executive officer of a county or a county sheriff shall consult with the county prosecuting attorney and attorney general.
[31-832, added 2016, ch. 366, sec. 1, p. 1076.]