The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday, 3-0, a final sublease agreement regarding the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.The approval of the sublease may lead to the end of almost a year of negotiations between the county and the City of Craig.

File Photo

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday, 3-0, a final sublease agreement regarding the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.The approval of the sublease may lead to the end of almost a year of negotiations between the county and the City of Craig.

Moffat County Commission approves safety center sublease

In other action:

At its regular meeting today, the Moffat County Commission:

• Awarded, 3-0, bids for equipment sales from the former site of the Moffat County Jail.

• Approved, 3-0, the creation of a federal mineral lease district, and appointed Tom Mathers, Jeremy Snow and Tinneal Gerber as board members.

• Approved, 3-0, a supplemental budget.

•Approved, 3-0, a programmatic agreement with the Bureau of Land Management regarding surveys and mitigation of cultural resource sites within Sandwash Basin.

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday, 3-0, a final sublease agreement regarding the Craig Police Department’s use of the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

The two-year sublease calls for the City of Craig to pay $60,000 rent per year to the county to continue occupancy. The sum includes the cost of all utilities except telephone.

Moffat County will assume building maintenance and repairs, while the city would provide upkeep for its own office space.

Approval of the sublease by the commission has the potential to end nearly a year of negotiations between the two governing bodies.

Commissioner Audrey Danner said she and Moffat County Attorney Jeremy Snow represented the county during negotiations. City council members Don Jones and Gene Bilodeau represented the city.

“We have an agreement that has been discussed at length by the negotiating team. I believe it is a very adequate two-year sublease between Moffat County and the City of Craig,” Danner said.

Danner said the negotiating teams worked with two guidelines — a general principle and value statements.

“We came up with a general principle of how we would operate,” Danner said. “The city and the county would work together because this is a city and county facility.

“Our value statements were that we would keep all the entities together at a reasonable price and maintain the relationships while doing that.”

The safety center partnership between the city and county began about a decade ago. The city provided land for the safety center in exchange for 10 years of a rent-free home for the police department.

Since then, the facility has housed the Moffat County Jail, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B, the Colorado State Patrol Regional Communications Center and the City of Craig Police Department.

The city’s rent-free term ends July 31.

Last year, during initial negotiations, the county commission asked for a lease price of $256,591 per year. Later, the commission offered the city a one-time purchase price of $1.083 million.

In January, Danner asked the commission and Craig City Council to delay negotiations for two months.

In April, the issue surfaced again, this time with the $60,000 per year price tag.

City council members Joe Bird and Ray Beck attended tuesday’s commission meeting.

Beck said he wasn’t sure if the lease would be signed by the city council at tonight’s meeting.

“I’m sure we’ll get an update at the council meeting,” he said. “It will probably be in a report.”

“The ball is in your court,” Danner said.

Later Tuesday, during the Craig City Council meeting, Bilodeau updated the councilors.

“The County Commissioners met today and they approved the Public Safety Center two-year lease as amended, so we probably want to put that on our next agenda and do the same.”

Bilodeau mentioned that under the terms of the lease agreement the council would have to negotiate another agreement 60 days prior to the end of the current agreement, which ends on July 31, 2012.

“So, we better get started again in December,” he joked.

Click here to have the print version of the Craig Daily Press delivered to your home.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.