On the passage of any ordinance directing that an appropriation proceed, the director of law shall apply to a court of competent jurisdiction. The application shall describe as correctly as possible the land or other property to be appropriated, the interest or estate to be taken, the object for which the land is desired, and the name of the owner of each lot or parcel sought to be appropriated, and all the subsequent proceedings with regard to appropriation shall be undertaken in the manner provided by general law for the appropriation of property by municipalities in the state.