The board of county commissioners may appropriate such lands and property or any estate, easement, or right therein as are proposed to be conveyed to a street or interurban railway company in exchange for the right of way or other lands to be acquired from it, in the manner provided for in sections 163.01 to 163.22, inclusive, of the Revised Code.
If any part or all of the lands proposed to be conveyed to such company lies within the bounds of any public road outside a municipal corporation, other than roads on the state highway system, the board may so appropriate the title, estate, interest, and right of abutting owners or others therein, to acquire and perfect their title thereto in fee simple.
After such appropriation the board may, in pursuance and performance of the agreement between it and the company, execute and deliver to such company a conveyance of the lands appropriated, in fee simple or such lesser estate or interest therein as has been appropriated by them, in exchange in whole or part for the right of way or other lands to be conveyed to the board by such company, and receive a conveyance from the company of its right of way and other lands so to be acquired, in fee simple or such lesser estate or interest as the company may have.
If any part of the right of way or other lands so acquired are owned by the company as an estate less than fee simple, the board, as provided in this section, may proceed to perfect its title thereto in fee simple.
Effective Date: 01-01-1966 .