COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
POLLUTION CONTROL FINANCING
31-4504. Powers. Each county shall have the following powers together with all powers incidental thereto or necessary for the performance thereof:
(a) To determine the location of any pollution control facility, whether upon real estate owned by the county or by any person, and the manner of construction of any pollution control facility to be financed under the provisions of this act, and to acquire, construct, install, equip, own, finance, lease and dispose of the same, to enter into contracts for any and all of such purposes, to designate a person as its agent to determine the location and manner of construction of a pollution control facility undertaken by such person under the provisions of this act and as agent of the county, to acquire, construct, install, equip, own, lease and dispose of the same and to enter into contracts for any and all of such purposes;
(b) To lease or sell to a person any or all of the pollution control facilities upon such terms and conditions as the board shall deem proper, and to charge and collect rent or other payments therefor and to terminate any such lease or sales agreement upon the failure of the lessee or other contracting party to comply with any of the obligations thereof; and to include in any such lease, if desired, provisions that the lessee thereof shall have options to renew the term of the lease for such period or periods and at such rent as shall be determined by the board and/or to purchase any or all of the pollution control facilities for a nominal amount or otherwise or that at or prior to the payment of all of the revenue bonds issued by the county for the financing of such pollution control facilities the county may convey any or all of the pollution control facilities to the lessee or lessees thereof with or without consideration;
(c) To issue revenue bonds and to refund the same, all as provided for in this act;
(d) Generally to fix and revise from time to time and charge and collect rates, rents, fees and charges for the use of and services furnished or to be furnished by any pollution control facility or any portion thereof and to contract with any person, firm or corporation or other body public or private in respect thereof;
(e) To employ consulting engineers, architects, attorneys, accountants, construction and financial experts, superintendents, manager and such other employees and agents as may be necessary in its judgment and to fix their compensation;
(f) To refund outstanding obligations incurred by any person to finance the cost of a pollution control facility including obligations incurred for pollution control facilities undertaken and completed prior to or after the enactment of this act when the authority finds that such financing is in the public interest;
(g) To receive and to pledge as security for the payment of any bonds issued hereunder, any lease, purchase agreement, note, debenture, bond or other obligation by or on behalf of any person;
(h) To make loans to any person for the purpose of paying or reimbursing project costs in accordance with an agreement between the county and such person; and
(i) To do all things necessary and convenient to carry out the purposes of this act.
No county shall have power to operate any pollution control facility as a business other than as a lessor. Any lease of a pollution control facility entered into pursuant to the provisions of this act shall be for a term not shorter than the longest maturity of any revenue bonds issued to finance such pollution control facility or a portion thereof and shall provide for rentals adequate to pay the principal of and interest and premiums, if any, on such revenue bonds as the same fall due and to create and maintain such reserves and accounts for depreciation, if any, as the board in its discretion shall determine to be necessary.
In the event a member of a board of county commissioners is an officer, employee or stockholder of the "person" as defined in section 31-4503(c), Idaho Code, with whom the county proposes to contract under the provisions of the Idaho pollution control financing act with respect to the acquisition and financing of pollution control facilities and the issuance of revenue bonds, such member shall disclose such status and interest to the board of county commissioners at a public meeting and shall abstain from voting on all matters before the board of county commissioners related thereto.
[31-4504, added 1975, ch. 52, sec. 4, p. 105; am. 1978, ch. 265, sec. 1, p. 590.]