Oregon Statutes - Chapter 366 - State Highways and State Highway Fund - Section 366.395 - Disposition or leasing of property; sale of forest products.

(1) The Department of Transportation may sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose or permit use of real or personal property, including equipment and materials acquired by the department, title to which real or other property may have been taken either in the name of the department, or in the name of the state, and which real or personal property is, in the opinion of the department, no longer needed, required or useful for department purposes, except that real property may be leased when, in the opinion of the department, such real property will not be needed, required or useful for department purposes during the leasing period. The department may exchange property as provided in subsection (3) of this section regardless of whether the property is needed by, required by or useful to the department if, in the judgment of the department, doing so will best serve the interests of the state.

(2) The department may sell, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of such real or personal property in such manner as, in the judgment of the department, will best serve the interests of the state and will most adequately conserve highway funds or the departmentís account or fund for the real or personal property. In the case of real property, interest in or title to the same may be conveyed by deed or other instrument executed in the name of the state, by and through the department. All funds or money derived from the sale or lease of any such property shall be paid by the department to the State Treasurer with instructions to the State Treasurer to credit such funds or moneys:

(a) To the highway fund; or

(b) To the departmentís account or fund for the property. The State Treasurer shall credit the funds and moneys so received as the department shall direct.

(3) Property described in subsection (1) of this section may be exchanged for other property or for services. As used in this subsection, ďservicesĒ includes, but is not limited to, public improvements as defined in ORS 279A.010.

(4)(a) Before offering forest products for sale the department shall cause the forest products to be appraised.

(b) If the appraised value of the forest products exceeds $15,000, the department shall not sell them to a private person, firm or corporation except after a public auction to receive competitive bids. Prior to such auction, the department shall give notice thereof not less than once a week for three consecutive weeks by publication in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county in which the forest products are located and by such other media of communication as the department deems advisable. The minimum bid price and a brief statement of the terms and conditions of the sale shall be in the notice.

(c) Notice and competitive bidding under paragraph (b) of this subsection shall not be required if the Director of Transportation declares an emergency to exist that requires the immediate removal of the timber. If an emergency has been so declared:

(A) Then the timber, regardless of value, may be sold by a negotiated price; and

(B) The director shall make available for public inspection a written statement giving the reasons for declaring the emergency.

(5) The departmentís account or fund for the forest product shall be credited with the proceeds of the sale. [Amended by 1953 c.252 §2; 1971 c.279 §1; 1983 c.26 §1; 1989 c.904 §60; 1993 c.741 §40; 2005 c.32 §1]

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