5551.06 Transfer of right of way and removal of tracks.

Prior to or during the pendency of proceedings for improvement or construction of a road and the acquisition of such right of way, the board of county commissioners may enter into an agreement with any street or interurban railway company for the conveyance and transfer by such company to the board, in fee simple or such lesser estate or interest therein as the company may have, of such part or all of the right of way and other lands of the company as the board believes it for the public convenience and welfare to acquire, and for the removal, relocation, or both, of tracks, sidings, and other facilities of the company located thereon. Such agreement shall be conditioned upon the final determination of the board to proceed with such acquisition and removal after the determination by the courts pursuant to sections 163.01 to 163.22 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, of the compensation for such taking. The agreement may:

(A) Stipulate the value fo the right of way or lands of the company to be acquired by the board;

(B) Stipulate the cost or a maximum cost of removal of tracks, sidings, and other facilities therefrom and of relocation and reconstruction in such manner as not to interfere with the operation of the railway;

(C) Provide for the discharge and release of liens and encumbrances on such right of way and other lands;

(D) Provide that such removal, relocation, or both, be done by the company at such agreed cost or within such maximum cost;

(E) Provide the time of such removal, relocation, or both, which shall not be before the final determination by the board to proceed with such road improvement or construction;

(F) Provide for payment by the board to such company of the stipulated value of that part of its right of way and other lands to be acquired and the cost of removal, relocation, or both, of such tracks, sidings, and other facilities in any of the following ways:

(1) In money;

(2) By the conveyance in exchange therefor of other lands for a right of way or other proper railway uses;

(3) Partly in money and partly by such exchange.

Lands to be conveyed to the company, in exchange for such right of way and other lands, may be located wholly or partly within the bounds of the road, improvement or construction of which is proposed, or of any other public road outside of a municipal corporation, other than roads on the state highway system or wholly or partly outside the bounds of any public highway, and shall be specified in such agreement. Alternate routes and locations of lands proposed to be exchanged may be specified. The agreement may also contain provisions for the number of tracks and sidings on and the grade and maintenance of the new right of way to be conveyed to the company and for public roads across such right of way and their location and maintenance and other provisions necessary or proper for the public convenience and welfare.

Effective Date: 01-01-1966