(A) If the board of county commissioners determines by resolution that the best interests of the county and the users of water supply facilities of the county serving a sewer district so require, the board may sell or otherwise dispose of the facilities to another public agency or a person. The resolution declaring the necessity of that disposition shall recite the reasons for the sale or other disposition and shall establish any conditions or terms that the board may impose, including, but not limited to, a minimum sales price if a sale is proposed, a requirement for the submission by bidders of the schedule of water rates and charges initially proposed to be paid by the users of the facilities, and other pertinent conditions or terms relating to the sale or other disposition. The resolution also shall designate a time and place for the hearing of objections to the sale or other disposition by the board. Notice of the adoption of the resolution and the time and place of the hearing shall be published as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, or once a week for two consecutive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation in the sewer district and in the county. The public hearing on the sale or other disposition shall be held not less than twenty-four days following the date of first publication of the notice. A copy of the notice also shall be sent by first class or certified mail, on or before the date of the second publication, to any public agency within the area served by the facilities. At the public hearing, or at any adjournment of it, of which no further published or mailed notice need be given, the board shall hear all interested parties. A period of five days shall be given following the completion of the hearing for the filing of written objections by any interested persons or public agencies to the sale or other disposition, after which the board shall consider any objections and by resolution determine whether or not to proceed with the sale or other disposition. If the board determines to proceed with the sale or other disposition, it shall receive bids after advertising once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code and, subject to the right of the board to reject any or all bids, may make an award to a responsible bidder whose proposal is determined by the board to be in the best interests of the county and the users of the facilities.
(B) A conveyance of water supply facilities by a county to a municipal corporation, in accordance with division (B) of section 6103.04 of the Revised Code, may be made without regard to division (A) of this section.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Effective Date: 03-12-2001