17. The damages shall be valued without delay by one or more appraisers appointed by the municipal corporation. Such appraisers shall deposit their report in the office of the corporation and the corporation shall transmit without delay a copy thereof to the claimant. The latter may, within eight days of the notification of such deposit, file an objection to the decision which has been rendered, by means of a petition deposited in the office of the corporation and accompanied by security in the sum of $10. A receipt shall be given to him for such security.
The petition shall be submitted to three arbitrators, one of whom shall be appointed by the municipal corporation, another by the claimant and the third by the two first named or, if they should not agree, a judge of the Court of Québec at the request of one of the interested parties. The arbitrators shall render their decision by a majority vote by means of a certificate deposited in the office of the corporation.
Such decision shall be final and without appeal.
The costs of arbitration shall be paid by the corporation, but the security of $10 above-mentioned shall be confiscated for the benefit of the corporation in the case where the valuation of the damages made by the arbitrators does not exceed that of the appraisers by more than ten per cent.
R. S. 1964, c. 130, s. 17; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 17, s. 2; 1988, c. 21, s. 66.