308.06 Regional airport authority - powers and duties.

Upon the creation of a regional airport authority as provided by section 308.03 of the Revised Code, and upon the qualifying of its board of trustees and the election of a president and a vice-president, the authority shall exercise in its own name all the rights, powers, and duties vested in and conferred upon it by sections 308.01 to 308.17 of the Revised Code and, subject to such reservations, limitations, and qualifications as are set forth therein:

(A) May sue or be sued in its corporate name;

(B) May make contracts in the exercise of the rights, powers, and duties conferred upon it;

(C) May adopt and at will alter a seal and use such seal by causing it to be impressed, affixed, reproduced, or otherwise used, but failure to affix the seal shall not affect the validity of any instrument;

(D) May make, adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws for the administration of its affairs and rules for the control of the administration and operation of airports and airport facilities under its jurisdiction, and for the exercise of all of its rights of ownership therein;

(E) May fix, alter, and collect rates and rentals and other charges for the use of airports and airport facilities under its jurisdiction to be determined exclusively by it for the purpose of providing for the payment of the expenses of the regional airport authority, the construction, improvement, extension, repair, maintenance, and operation of airports and airport facilities under its jurisdiction, the payment of principal and interest on its obligations, and to fulfill the terms of any agreements made with the purchasers or holders of any such obligations, or with any person or political subdivision;

(F) Shall have jurisdiction, control, possession, and supervision of all property, rights, easements, licenses, moneys, contracts, accounts, liens, books, records, maps, or other property rights and interests conveyed, delivered, transferred, or assigned to it;

(G) May acquire, construct, lease, operate, maintain, or manage airports and airport facilities within or without its territorial boundaries, considered necessary to accomplish the purposes of its organization;

(H) May hold, encumber, control, acquire by donation, purchase, or condemnation, construct, own, lease as lessee or lessor, use, and sell real and personal property, or any interest or right therein, within or without its territorial boundaries, for the location or protection of airports and airport facilities and improvements and access thereto, the relocation of buildings, structures, and improvements situated on lands acquired by the regional airport authority, or for any other necessary purpose, or for obtaining or storing materials to be used in constructing, maintaining, and improving airports and airport facilities under its jurisdiction;

(I) May exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire property or any interest therein, within or without its territorial boundaries, which is necessary or proper for the construction or efficient operation of any airport or airport facility or access thereto under its jurisdiction in accordance with the provisions of section 308.07 of the Revised Code;

(J) May provide by agreement with any county, including the counties within its territorial boundaries, or any municipal corporation or any combination thereof for the making of necessary surveys, appraisals, and examinations preliminary to the acquisition or construction of any airport or airport facility and the amount of the expense thereof to be paid by each such county or municipal corporation;

(K) May provide by agreement with any county, including the counties within its territorial boundaries, or any municipal corporation or any combination thereof for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, or operation of any airport or airport facility owned or to be owned and operated by it or owned or to be owned and operated by any such county or municipal corporation and the terms on which it shall be acquired, constructed, maintained, or operated, and the amount of the cost and expense thereof to be paid by each such county or municipal corporation; and any such county or municipal corporation may issue bonds in accordance with Chapter 133. of the Revised Code for the purpose of paying all or part of the cost assumed by it for the acquisition or construction of an airport or airport facilities pursuant to such agreement and may pay the proceeds of such bonds to the regional airport authority upon the finding and determination by its legislative authority that the benefits that will be derived from such airport or airport facilities by such county or municipal corporation and the taxpayers thereof are at least equal to its share of the cost thereof;

(L) May issue revenue bonds for the purpose of acquiring or constructing any facility or permanent improvement which it is authorized to acquire or construct, including all costs in connection with and incidental to such acquisition or construction, and the financing thereof, as provided by section 308.08 of the Revised Code;

(M) May employ and fix the compensation of consulting engineers, superintendents, managers, and such other engineering, construction, and accounting experts, attorneys, and other employees and agents necessary for the accomplishment of its purposes;

(N) May procure insurance insuring it or its officers, employees, and agents against such losses, risks, and liabilities arising from the construction, operation, or ownership of airports and airport facilities under its jurisdiction as it deems necessary or desirable;

(O) May maintain such funds as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of its duties;

(P) May direct its agents or employees, when properly identified in writing, after at least five days' written notice, to enter upon lands within or without its territorial boundaries in order to make surveys and examinations preliminary to the location and construction of airports or airport facilities, without liability to it or its agents or employees except for actual damage done;

(Q) May, on its own motion, request the appropriate zoning board, as defined in section 4563.03 of the Revised Code, to establish and enforce zoning regulations pertaining to any airport or airport facility under its jurisdiction in the manner prescribed by sections 4563.01 to 4563.21 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-30-1989