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1/7/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman library annex lease on agenda
Issue got ugly last year when county manager aired his views
Mohave County library annex.
Mohave County library annex.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

The lease for the Mohave County library annex has once again made the Board of Supervisors' agenda.

The renewal of the lease last year caused a stir when Hildy Angius, now Mohave County's District 2 supervisor, pointed out that two owners of the building were related to two county employees. The building is owned by ORB Investments and is located on Gordon Avenue.

In a harsh letter, former County Manager Ron Walker dismissed Angius' claims and declared that backing out of the lease would be an affront to everyone involved.

He also lambasted District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson in the letter for asking for an audit of the county's available office space. The audit showed that there was no available office space in the county's building that could accommodate the specific needs of the library annex.

The annex is used to store books and other supplies for the library's bookmobiles and outlying libraries. Requirements include a roll-up door so that books can be loaded into the bookmobiles and a sturdy floor that can handle the weight of several large boxes and shelves full of books.

If the lease is approved, the rent on the building will increase from $1,920 to $1,977 a month and last one year with the option to renew the lease again next year.

The Board will also discuss:

• Renewing a lease with CSI Leasing for the new computers for the library district for around $33,000.

• Updating the library district's computer and internet access policy.

• Approving a new policy that would limit food and drink to certain areas of the county's libraries.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Angel

There are plenty of empty buildings that could be utilized. Renting from anyone is just a waste of money. The rich get richer while the poor have children.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: Bob In Bullhead

With all the taj mahals built here, including a public works building that wasn't needed and a half empty development services building, no outside lease is necessary. There are tons of other buildings you could use. Just use them. And by the way, why isn't Moss using existing county buildings for offices? Why is the county paying rent for him?

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: been there, done that

"...former County Manager Ron Walker..."

Ah, music to my ears...

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

Upon seeing this photo, my first reaction was that it was an obituary notice.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: Corp. Welfare 101 - How to Ma

Course 101 - Corp. Welfare: How to Make Millions off of the Stupid Taxpayers
* First buy the land around where a county library is to be built
* Next offer it for expansion
* Throw up a cheap metal building
* Knowing the county has to have the space and the proximity to the library cements the deal
offer the first lease with "reasonable rent"
* When short-term lease expires, keep increasing the rent just enough to make a nice killing but not too much to cause an uproar by the reviewers
* Who cares that there are hundreds of empty buildings in town and rents are plunging, you can still raise rent - just remember to raise it just enough to make a killing but not too much to cause an uproar

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