(A) The following political subdivisions may enter into, by direct negotiation or through the solicitation of requests for proposals or requests for qualifications, a multi-year, asset management professional service contract for the engineering, repair, sustainability, water quality management, and maintenance of a water storage tank and appurtenant facilities owned, controlled, or operated by that political subdivision, but only if the contract complies with division (B) of this section:
(1) A board of county commissioners, board of directors of a conservancy district, board of directors of a sanitary district, or board of trustees of a regional water and sewer district;
(2) A municipal corporation through its director of public service, mayor, city manager, board of trustees of public affairs, village administrator, or other contracting officer, commission, board, or authority as authorized by ordinance of the municipal corporation's legislative authority.
(B) A contract entered into pursuant to division (A) of this section shall include provisions that do all of the following:
(1) Provide that the contracting political subdivision is not required to make total payments in a single year that exceed the excess of (a) the political subdivision's water utility charges over (b) the operating expenses of the water system payable from such charges and the principal, interest, and other debt charges, including reserves and coverage requirements, for outstanding debt due in that year;
(2) Require that the work performed be done under the supervision of a professional engineer licensed under Chapter 4733. of the Revised Code, who certifies that the work will be performed in compliance with all applicable codes and engineering standards;
(3) Provide that if, on the date of commencement of the contract, the water tank or appurtenant facilities require engineering, repair, sustainability, water quality management, or service in order to bring the tank or facilities into compliance with federal, state, or local requirements, the party contracting with the political subdivision must provide the engineering, repair, sustainability, water quality management, or service. The cost of the work necessary to ensure such compliance shall be itemized separately and may be charged to the political subdivision in payments spread over a period of not less than three years from the date of commencement of the contract. The charges shall be paid after provision is made to pay operating expenses and the principal, interest, and other debt service charges, including reserves and coverage requirements for outstanding debt due in that year.
Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.25, SB 85, §1, eff. 6/30/2010.