6123.14 Maintenance and repair of development projects.

Each development project other than one consisting of a voluntary action, when constructed and placed in operation, shall be maintained and kept in good condition and repair by the Ohio water development authority or the authority shall cause it to be maintained and kept in good condition and repair. Each such project shall be operated by such operating employees as the authority employs or pursuant to a contract or lease with a person or governmental agency. All public or private property damaged or destroyed in carrying out the powers granted by this chapter shall be restored or repaired and placed in its original condition, as nearly as practicable, or adequate compensation shall be paid therefor from funds provided under this chapter.

On or before the first day of April each year, the authority shall make a report of its activities for the preceding calendar year to the governor and the general assembly. Each such report shall set forth a complete operating and financial statement covering the authority's operations during the year. The authority shall cause an audit of its books and accounts to be made at least once each year by certified public accountants and the cost thereof may be treated as a part of the cost of construction or of operations of its projects.

Nothing in this section diminishes the exemption from liability afforded the authority under section 3746.24 of the Revised Code. Regardless of the nature or extent of any assistance provided by the authority to any person or governmental agency that undertakes a voluntary action, the authority is not liable to any such person or governmental agency that fails to obtain a no further action letter under section 3746.11 of the Revised Code, fails to obtain a covenant not to sue under section 3746.12 of the Revised Code, or fails to recover any costs of conducting the voluntary action under section 3746.23 of the Revised Code. No such failure in any way alters or diminishes any obligation of the person or governmental agency to the authority assumed or incurred in connection with the person's or governmental agency's obtaining assistance from the authority.

Effective Date: 09-28-1994