1. The governor shall appoint an armory board which consists of the adjutant general serving as chairperson, at least two officers from the active commissioned personnel of the national guard, and at least one other person, who is a citizen of the state of Iowa. One member of the board shall have at least five years' experience in the building construction trade. The board shall meet at times and places as ordered by the governor. The members shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. Members of the board shall receive actual expenses for each day in which they are actually employed under this chapter. Each member of the board may also be eligible to receive compensation as provided in section 7E.6.
2. The board may acquire land or real estate by purchase, contract for purchase, gift, or bequest and acquire, own, contract for the construction of, erect, purchase, maintain, alter, operate, and repair installations and facilities of the Iowa national guard and the Iowa air national guard when funds for the installations and facilities are made available by the federal government, the state of Iowa, municipalities, corporations or individuals. The title to the property so acquired shall be taken in the name of the state of Iowa and the real estate may be sold or exchanged by the executive council, upon recommendation of the board, when it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was acquired. Income or revenue derived from the sale of the real estate shall be credited to the national guard facilities improvement fund and used for the purposes specified in section 29A.14, subsection 2.
3. In carrying out this section, the armory board may:
a. Borrow money.
b. Mortgage any real estate acquired and the improvements erected on the real estate when purchasing or improving the property, in order to secure necessary loans.
c. Pledge the sales, rents, profits and income received from the property for the discharge of obligations executed.
d. Grant a temporary or permanent easement with or without monetary consideration for utility or public highway purposes if granting the easement will not adversely affect use of the real estate for military purposes.
4. An obligation created under this section shall not be a charge against the state of Iowa, but all the obligations, including principal and interest, are payable solely from any of the following:
a. The sales, net rents, profits and income arising from the property so pledged or mortgaged.
b. The sales, net rents, profits and income which have not been pledged for other purposes arising from any other installation and facility or like improvement under the control and management of said board.
c. The income derived from gifts and bequests for installations and facilities under the control of the armory board.
5. All property, real or personal, acquired by, and all bonds, debentures or other written evidences of indebtedness, given as security by the board, are exempt from taxation.
6. When property acquired by the armory board, under this chapter, is free and clear of all indebtedness, the title of the property shall pass to the state of Iowa.
7. There is no liability to the state of Iowa under this section. Members of the armory board and of the state executive council shall not be held to any personal or individual liability for any action taken by them under this chapter.
8. The board shall fix the amount to be paid to commanding officers of each organization and unit of the national guard for headquarters expenses and shall provide by regulation how the amount shall be disbursed by the commanding officers. The governor may disapprove the actions of the armory board.
9. The allowances made by the armory board shall be paid from the funds appropriated for the support and maintenance of the national guard.
[C24, 27, 31, § 453; C35, § 467-f47; C39, § 467.49; C46, 50, § 29.49; C54, 58, 62, § 29.57; C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 29A.57; 81 Acts, ch 14, § 20]
86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1703; 92 Acts, ch 1238, § 16
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