298.57 Landowner in district may construct drains across land of intervening landowner; proceedings.—Any landowner within a district organized under this chapter may construct ditches to drain his or her lands into the public ditches; and if any intervening landowner should refuse permission to cross his or her land with such ditch, the landowner seeking to construct such ditch may, by proceedings in the circuit court, to be conducted in the same manner as condemnation proceedings instituted by railroads, condemn a right-of-way for ditch. In such proceedings the jury shall deduct from the damages the benefits that will accrue to such intervening landowner by the construction of such ditch, and such intervening landowner shall have the right to use such ditch for the drainage of his or her own lands.
History.—s. 50, ch. 6458, 1913; RGS 1147; CGL 1504; s. 23, ch. 79-5; s. 273, ch. 95-148.