The chief of the division of soil and water resources shall by contract in writing sell or lease for agricultural, commercial, manufacturing, or other lawful purposes, for any term not exceeding fifty years, the water, or any part thereof, conserved and stored by the improvements then existing, or that will be conserved and stored by any improvements thereafter to be constructed by the chief. The chief may lease the land surrounding the water for a term not exceeding fifty years, as shown by the plans and specifications prepared by the chief and approved by the governor as provided in section 1523.01 of the Revised Code. Such agreements shall be for a certain price or rental for the water or lands furnished to or used by the grantees, lessees, or their assigns, to be paid quarterly, semiannually, or annually as the chief deems advisable.
The chief may, for a term not exceeding fifty years, sell or lease power generated by any head of water raised or maintained by any such improvement, or the chief may sell or lease the right to use such head of water for generating power or other hydraulic purposes.
All such contracts of sale or lease, whether for water or power, shall contain such reservations or restrictions as the chief deems necessary and proper in furtherance of the purposes of sections 1523.01 to 1523.13 of the Revised Code, and the preservation of the use of such waters for navigation in case they are required therefor.
Such contracts or leases shall be approved by the attorney general as to their general form and legality and, before becoming binding obligations on the state, they shall be approved by the governor by the governor's written indorsement thereon.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953