The Senate Committee on Transportation and Interstate Cooperation, to which was referred House
Bill No. 1088, has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the Senate
with the recommendation that said bill be AMENDED as follows:
and for the comfort and accommodation of air travelers and the
public; and the fiscal body of the entity may by ordinance
provide that any land suitable for these purposes that is owned by
the entity shall be put under the control of the board of aviation
commissioners for aviation and public purposes. However, if at
the time of the creation, appointment, and qualification of the
board in an entity, the entity owns or controls an airport, landing
field, or other air navigation facilities, then the exclusive control,
management, and authority over the airport, landing field, or
other air navigation facilities shall at once be transferred to the
board without the adoption of an ordinance; and the department,
board, officer, or officers of the entity, or other persons having
possession or control, shall at once turn over and deliver to the
board all personal property, records, books, plans, maps, and
other papers and documents relating to the aviation business of
the entity. The unexpended balance of any fund or funds
appropriated by the entity for aviation purposes becomes a part
of the aviation fund of the department of aviation. Before land
may be purchased by an entity for the establishment of an airport
or landing field or an airport or landing field may be established
by an entity the action or acquisition of land must be granted by
the aeronautics commission of Indiana.
(2) To elect a secretary from its membership or to employ a secretary, and to employ superintendents, managers, engineers, surveyors, attorneys, clerks, guards, mechanics, laborers, and all employees the board considers expedient, and to prescribe and assign their respective duties and authorities and to fix and regulate their compensation, in accordance with the appropriations made by the fiscal body of the entity. All employees shall be selected irrespective of their political affiliations.
(3) To make rules and regulations, consistent with law, for the management and control of its airports, landing fields, air navigation facilities, and other property under its control. The board may require a special detail of police or hire guards to execute the orders and enforce the rules and regulations.
(4) To acquire by lease the use of an airport or landing field for aircraft pending the acquisition and improvement of an airport or landing field. However, a lease must be approved by ordinance or resolution of the fiscal body of the entity before it takes effect.
(5) To manage and operate all airports, landing fields, and other air navigation facilities acquired or maintained by the entity; and to lease all or part of an airport, landing field, or any buildings or
other structures to fix, charge, and collect rentals, tolls, fees, and
charges to be paid for the use of the whole or a part of the
airports, landing fields, or other air navigation facilities by aircraft
landing there and for the servicing of the aircraft; to construct
public recreational facilities that will not interfere with air
operational facilities; to fix, charge, and collect fees for public
admissions and privileges; to make contracts for the operation and
management of the airports, landing fields, and other air
navigation facilities; and to provide for the use, management, and
operation of the air navigation facilities through lessees, through
its own employees, or otherwise. Contracts or leases for the
maintenance, operation, or use of the airport or any part of it may
be made for a term not exceeding fifteen (15) years, and may be
extended for similar terms of years, except that any parcels of the
land of the airport may be leased for any use connected with the
operation and convenience of the airport for an initial term not
exceeding forty (40) years, and may be extended for a period not
to exceed ten (10) years. If a person whose character, experience,
and financial responsibility has been determined satisfactory by
the board offers to erect a permanent structure that facilitates and
is consistent with the operation, use, and purpose of the airport,
on land belonging to the airport. A lease may be entered into for
a period not to exceed ninety-nine (99) years. However, the fiscal
body must pass an ordinance authorizing the board to enter into
such a lease. The board may not grant an exclusive right for the
use of a landing area under its jurisdiction. However, this does not
prevent the making of leases in accordance with other provisions
of this chapter. All contracts and leases are subject to restrictions
and conditions that the board prescribes.
(6) To sell machinery, equipment, or material under the control of the board belonging to the eligible entity that is not required for aviation purposes. The proceeds shall be deposited with the entity's treasurer or controller to the credit of the department of aviation.
(7) To negotiate and execute contracts of sale or purchase, lease, personal services, materials, supplies, equipment, or any other transaction or business relative to an airport under the board's control. However, whenever the board determines to sell part or all of aviation lands or improvements owned by the eligible entity, the sale must be in accordance with section 8 of this chapter.
(13) To enter into agreements and joint contracts with other boards to promote and encourage aviation related trade, education, or commerce.".
and when so amended that said bill do pass .
Committee Vote: Yeas 8, Nays 0.