NFCD president urges county to lease Wewahitchka Courthouse

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

County attorney Jeremy Novak said there are maintenance issues which are pressing and in need of “immediate remediation”, including work to the basement, electrical and issues of mold.

The county currently charges NFCD $1 per square foot for the 2,200 square foot building and noted that some of the more pressing work would be focused on the area NFCD currently inhabits.

The county will also stop paying utility bills for the building as of Oct. 1.

“I have huge concerns about this,” said Commissioner Joanna Bryan of any transfer to NFCD, adding there was some distance between leasing the space to address maintenance issues and turning over title to a county building.

Gaskin initially broached a donation to her non-profit corporation as one means of transfer but after hearing resistance from the board suggested a lease, with a reversionary clause turning the property back over to the county in the event NFDC leaves.

Gaskin said she would also insure public access to the building in the future.

“I’ll take it on to save it,” Gaskin said. “Our corporation would do that. I’ve done other hare-brained ideas that worked out.”



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