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Council approves Armory lease
Tuesday, 08.19.2014, 05:35pm (GMT-5)

By Brent Wilcox
The Minco City Council approved a lease agreement authorizing Bruce Baade and Oklahoma Folding Carton & Printing Company, Inc. to rent the Armory and approved a maintenance agreement for both of Minco’s water wells at the special meeting Monday, August 18. 
In the one-year Armory lease agreement, Baade will pay the City $500 per month for rent, pay utilities (electric, gas, and water), carry insurance and make numerous repairs. Included in the list of repairs is installing six new lights, six new 110 volt electrical outlets and two new 220 volt outlets, one heater sufficient to heat the main part of the building and one unisex ADA compliant bathroom, in the same location as the old bathrooms.
Councilman Keith McMullen said the council had a verbal agreement with the school to allow them to use the Armory. “We gave a verbal agreement in the July meeting. I feel like by us doing this we’re really kind of slapping the school in the face by going back on our word,” said McMullen.
Mayor Watson Mitchell responded, “Kevin Sims came in the other day and said he doesn’t have a problem with this.”
“I called Kevin Sims the other day and he told me a different story,” McMullen replied.
Both Bruce Baade and Councilman Jimmy Rice said they had also talked to Sims. Both men said Sims told them he thought the lease agreement with Baade was a better deal for the city. 
The Millennium also spoke with Sims. He told us, “At the July meeting we had a discussion on the possibility of helping the city put in bathroom facilities in exchange for using the Armory in inclement weather for baseball and softball use. We have the bus barn for that. Would we be disappointed if the city leased it to Bruce? No. Anytime you can improve the community and create jobs it’s a good thing. We just offered this because the armory wasn’t being used.”
There were several technical questions and comments concerning the agreement, which was drafted by City Attorney Gene Christian after he had discussions with Baade. On the second year lease option, which raised the monthly rental rate to $750 per month, Jimmy Rice asked that the amount be raised to $1,000 per month. Council member Dena Sanford questioned there not being an indemnification clause, or “Held Harmless” clause, included in the agreement. She also questioned the amounts listed for insurance to be required by the tenant. The attorney and Baade both agreed that all three of those items could be changed in the agreement. With those changes made to the agreement, the lease agreement was approved by a vote of 7 to 1, with McMullen casting the only no vote.
The council also approved a well maintenance agreement after hearing from Steve Woodward, a water system consultant for Oklahoma and southern Kansas with Utility Service Group. He spoke to the council and answered questions concerning a possible 10 year agreement for water well full maintenance on both of the city’s water wells.
Discussion of the wells and well maintenance lasted for almost one hour. The cost of the proposed agreement, which was based on two wells and for 10 years, averaged $5,500 per well per year. According to Stephen Rice, the Minco Water Superintendent, the City of Minco has spent over $32,000 the last three years on well maintenance, but production has decreased.   Utility Service Group will use a different process to maintain the wells and offers a guarantee.
Based on the discussion, there will be some minor changes made to the agreement, but the council voted unanimously to approve the agreements with the changes.
Brent Wilcox

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