BOCC conditionally approves courthouse lease with NFCD

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM.

There will be a 90-day transition to finalize the lease as NFCD addresses required federal and state audits – the company operates Head Start, Early Head Start and other programs in five counties – in the next few months.

In return for the lease, NFCD has already transferred utilities into its name and has agreed to make certain improvements during the first 90 days of the lease, Novak said.

As the tenant it would carry costs for maintenance and repairs to the portion of the courthouse it is leasing while county work crews would continue maintenance of the grounds.

“We think it is a good lease,” said NFCD financial officer Gerald Thompson.

Given that the item was not on the agenda and she had not had time to fully review the lease, Commissioner Joanna Bryan suggested tabling the issue until the next regular meeting to ensure the process was “done right” and allow for any public input.

“I am grateful that Ms. Gaskin and her company have agreed to take this on,” Bryan said. “This is a great way to save this building. I’d just like a little more time to review this and the public may want to weigh-in.”

Novak and Commissioner Warren Yeager noted that the final lease would still need to come back to the full board, the footprint for NFCD had yet to be determined and in order to move ahead the BOCC should provide “conditional” approval of the lease pending a full vetting of the final document.

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