164.04 District public works integrating committee.

(A) In each of the districts created in section 164.03 of the Revised Code, a district public works integrating committee shall be established as follows:

(1) In district one, the district committee shall consist of seven members appointed as follows: two members shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners or the chief executive officer of the county; two members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the most populous municipal corporation in the district; two members shall be appointed by a majority of the chief executive officers of the other municipal corporations located within the district; and one member, who shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development and who shall represent the interests of private industry within the district, shall be appointed by a majority of the members of the district committee or their alternates. Except with respect to the selection of the private sector member of the committee, the affirmative vote of at least five committee members or their alternates is required for any action taken by a vote of the committee.

(2) In district two, the district committee shall consist of nine members appointed as follows: two members shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners; three members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the most populous municipal corporation in the district; two members shall be appointed by a majority of the other chief executive officers of municipal corporations in the district; and two members shall be appointed by a majority of the boards of township trustees in the district. Of the members appointed by the board of county commissioners, one member shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development, and one member shall be either a county commissioner or a county engineer of the district. The affirmative vote of at least seven members of the committee or their alternates is required for any action taken by a vote of the committee.

(3) In districts three, four, eight, twelve, and nineteen, the district committee shall consist of nine members appointed as follows: two members shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners or by the chief executive officer of the county; two members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the most populous municipal corporation located within the district; two members shall be appointed by a majority of the other chief executive officers of the municipal corporations located in the district; two members shall be appointed by a majority of the boards of township trustees located in the district; and one member, who shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development and who shall represent the interests of private industry within the district, shall be appointed by a majority of the members of the committee or their alternates. Except with respect to the selection of the private sector member of the committee, the affirmative vote of at least seven committee members or their alternates is required for any action taken by a vote of the committee.

(4) In district six, the district committee shall consist of nine members appointed as follows: one member shall be appointed by the board of county commissioners of each county in the district; one member shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the most populous municipal corporation in each county in the district; one member shall be appointed alternately by a majority of the chief executives of the municipal corporations, other than the largest municipal corporation, within one of the counties of the district; and one member shall be appointed alternately by a majority of the boards of township trustees within one of the counties in the district. The two persons who are the county engineers of the counties in the district also shall be members of the committee. At least six of these members or their alternates shall agree upon the appointment to the committee of a private sector person who shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development. The affirmative vote of seven committee members or their alternates is required for any action taken by a vote of the committee.

The first appointment to the committee made by the majority of the boards of township trustees of a county shall be made by the boards of township trustees located in the least populous county of the district, and the first appointment made by the majority of the chief executives of municipal corporations, other than the largest municipal corporation, of a county shall be made by the chief executives of municipal corporations, other than the largest municipal corporation, from the most populous county in the district.

Notwithstanding division (C) of this section, the members of the district committee appointed alternately by a majority of the chief executive officers of municipal corporations, other than the largest municipal corporation, of a county and a majority of boards of township trustees of a county shall serve five-year terms.

(5) In districts seven, nine, and ten, the district committee shall consist of two members appointed by the board of county commissioners of each county in the district, two members appointed by a majority of the chief executive officers of all cities within each county in the district, three members appointed by a majority of the boards of township trustees of all townships in the district, three members appointed by a majority of chief executive officers of all villages in the district, one member who is appointed by a majority of the county engineers in the district and who shall be a county engineer, and one member, who shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development, shall be appointed by a majority of all other committee members or their alternates. If there is a county in the district in which there are no cities, the member that is to be appointed by the chief executive officers of the cities within that county shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the village with the largest population in that county.

(6) In districts five, eleven, and thirteen through eighteen, the members of each district committee shall be appointed as follows: one member shall be appointed by each board of county commissioners; one member shall be appointed by the majority of the chief executive officers of the cities located in each county; three members shall be appointed by a majority of the chief executive officers of villages located within the district; three members shall be appointed by a majority of the boards of township trustees located within the district; one member shall be appointed by a majority of the county engineers of the district and shall be a county engineer; and one member, who shall have experience in local infrastructure planning and economic development and who shall represent the interests of private industry within the district, shall be appointed by a majority of the members of the committee or their alternates. If there is a county in the district in which there are no cities, the member that is to be appointed by the chief executive officers of the cities within that county shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the village with the largest population in that county.

(7) In districts five, seven, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, sixteen, and seventeen organized in accordance with divisions (A)(5) and (6) of this section, a nine-member executive committee shall be established that shall include at least one of the persons appointed to the district committee by the chief executive officers of the villages within the district, at least one of the persons appointed to the district committee by the boards of township trustees within the district, the person appointed to the district committee to represent the interests of private industry, and six additional district committee members selected to serve on the executive committee by a majority of the members of the district committee or their alternates, except that not more than three persons who were appointed to the district committee by a board of county commissioners and not more than three persons who were appointed to the district committee by the chief executives of the cities located in the district shall serve on the executive committee.

(8) In districts fifteen and eighteen organized in accordance with division (A)(6) of this section, an eleven-member executive committee shall be established that shall include at least one of the persons appointed to the district committee by the chief executive officers of the villages within the district, at least one of the persons appointed to the district committee by the boards of township trustees within the district, the person appointed to the district committee to represent the interests of private industry, and eight additional district committee members selected to serve on the executive committee by a majority of the members of the district committee or their alternates, except that not more than four persons who were appointed to the district committee by a board of county commissioners and not more than four persons who were appointed to the district committee by the chief executives of the cities located in the district shall serve on the executive committee. No more than two persons from each county shall be on the executive committee.

All decisions of a district committee required to be organized in accordance with divisions (A)(5) and (6) of this section shall be approved by its executive committee. The affirmative vote of at least seven executive committee members or their alternates for executive committees formed under division (A)(7) of this section and at least nine members or their alternates for executive committees formed under division (A)(8) of this section is required for any action taken by vote of the executive committee, except that any decision of the executive committee may be rejected by a vote of at least two-thirds of the full membership of the district committee within thirty days of the executive committee action. Only projects approved by the executive committee may be submitted to the director of the Ohio public works commission pursuant to section 164.05 of the Revised Code.

(B) Appointing authorities that appoint district committee members also may appoint an alternate for each committee member appointed under divisions (A)(1) to (6) of this section. If a district committee member is absent from a district or executive committee or subcommittee meeting, the alternate has the right to vote and participate in all proceedings and actions at that meeting.

(C) Terms of office for members of district committees and their alternates shall be for three years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member and that member's alternate shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member is appointed, except that, with respect to any member who was an elected or appointed official of a township, county, or municipal corporation or that member's alternate, the term of office for that person under this section shall not extend beyond the member's term as an elected or appointed official unless the member was appointed by a group of officials of more than one political subdivision or the members of the district committee, in which case the member's alternate shall continue to serve for the full term. Members and their alternates may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner provided for original appointments. Any member or that member's alternate appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration date of the term for which the member's or alternate's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member or that member's alternate shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's or alternate's term until the member's or alternate's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Each district public works integrating committee shall elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and other officers it considers advisable.

(D) For purposes of this chapter, if a subdivision is located in more than one county or in more than one district, the subdivision shall be deemed to be a part of the county or district in which the largest number of its population is located. However, if after a decennial census the change in a subdivision's population would result in the subdivision becoming part of a different county or district, the legislative authority of the subdivision may, by resolution, choose to remain a part of the county or district of which the subdivision was originally deemed to be a part. Such a decision is not revocable unless similar conditions arise following the next decennial census.

(E) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a county, municipal, or township public official may serve as a member of a district public works integrating committee.

(F) A member of a district committee or that member's alternate does not have an unlawful interest in a public contract under section 2921.42 of the Revised Code solely by virtue of the receipt of financial assistance under this chapter by the local subdivision of which the member or that member's alternate is also a public official or appointee.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.7, HB 114, §101.01, eff. 6/29/2011.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999