Library's lease still questioned
1/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
KINGMAN - District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius is still questioning why the county is leasing office space for the county library annex when it has open office space in its own buildings.
On Monday, the Board of Supervisors put off renewing the annex's lease with ORB Investments until February in order to give Angius more time to investigate the open office space available within the county's own buildings.
However, if ORB Investments declines to give the county a one-month extension of the current lease, which ends Feb. 1, the Board will call a special meeting to discuss the issue.
Angius brought attention to the annex lease more than a year ago. She asked the former Board of Supervisors why the county was leasing space when it had plenty of office space open in its own buildings, why it didn't seek bids on the project and why it decided to rent a building partially owned by the spouses of two county employees.
Some of those issues have been corrected, but Angius said she still wants to investigate the possibly of moving the annex into a county-owned building.
"I brought this question up nearly a year ago and it wasn't answered to my satisfaction then," she said.
County Finance Director John Timko pointed out that staff had audited the county's office space a year ago and found nothing that would meet the annex's needs.
He also said staff had looked at 10 other office spaces available for lease around the Kingman area, but none of them met the annex's requirements.
He also pointed out that the library is currently going through an audit to determine its current and future needs.
That assessment should be finished in the next six months, Timko said.
District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson raised the possibility of problems with the lease if the county let it run out before renewing it.
Timko said there was a chance that ORB Investments could change the current lease if that happened.
"I'm not saying it would happen, just that it could," he said.
District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss asked if there was a way the Board could ask ORB Investments for a one-month extension of the lease or hold a special meeting before the end of the month if ORB declined to give them an extension.
County Attorney Bill Ekstrom said the Board could do both.
Angius amended her motion to include the special meeting.
The Board also approved:
The appointment of Keith Walker, Steven Buck, Robert Jones, Jack Pozenel and Mehdi Azarmi to the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission.
The resignation of Joseph Morabito from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
A two-year lease of office space for Moss at the cost of $800 a month starting in February.