The Scioto County Commissioners renewed a lease agreement with Compass Point Housing Thursday, after altering the terms of the original agreement.
The counseling center, located at 526 5th St., in Portsmouth, has operated with a five-year lease in the past. However, the commissioners have changed the terms of that lease to a one-year lease.
“… It allows commissioners as they come into office to make that decision and not be bound to such a long contract,” Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis said.
Moving forward, Davis favors shorter lease agreements.
“Personally, I do. I kind of like that. That’s something that we’ve kind of circulated around,” Davis said. “I personally think it’s a good thing. I know when I came into office, it was a very long lease — five years. If you have that long of a lease and something does come up, and you would want to use it for another purpose, you would be bound and not have any flexibility.
“With that being a building with taxpayers money, I think there needs to be great flexibility for the potential use in the future. We don’t have any plans for it or anything like that, but just as a general rule, I think it’s a better way of doing business.”
The Commissioners also reassured local residents in attendance at the Thursday meeting that the County was disputing the new water rates.
County residents have started complaining about higher water bills and Davis acknowledge that the County has received a rate increase.
According to Davis, the County has a contract with the City and new rates cannot be applied without justification, such has significant improvements.
“We’ve disputed that,” Davis said. “So, what we’re doing, is we’ve created an escrow account to put the monies in, the differences of what we feel it should be and what they’re asking for, until we can resolve that.”
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