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Juvenile court services move to Snell Building temporarily

Supervisors OK lease, contingent on provisions

September 29, 2010
By LINDSEY MUTCHLER Messenger staff writer

As the Law Enforcement Center renovation edges closer to a bid letting, members of the Webster County Board of Supervisors have been discussing where to move the offices housed in the LEC.

During its Tuesday meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a lease with the Snell Building, 805 Central Ave., contingent on three provisions recommended by assistant county attorney Cori Coleman. Juvenile court services will operate in suites 400 through 408 of the Snell Building, according to the lease agreement.

"There are some provisions we need to address to firm up the contract," said Supervisor Bob Singer.

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Meeting 9/28/2010

The items included:

However, the rent amount established in the lease wasn't discussed prior to the board's approval of the agreement.

According to the lease document, the county will pay $1,230 a month during the first year beginning Oct. 15. If the county needs the space for another year, the rent will increase to $1,291.50 per month. Supervisor Phil Condon said about $100,000 has been set aside to move all the offices out of and back into the LEC.

Right now, the county will only need to pay rent for juvenile court services to be housed out of the LEC during renovations. Other offices will be temporarily relocated to the Bank of America Building, 723 First Ave. S. - which the county owns - and the Webster County Courthouse.

The target date for having every office moved out of the LEC is Dec. 1, said Condon.

A committee comprised of members of the board and officials from departments in the LEC have been meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page, he added.

"It's been a smooth process so far," Singer said.

In related business, the board placed on file the Aug. 18 inspection of the Webster County Jail conducted by the Department of Corrections Chief Jail Inspector Delbert Longley.

The inspection included an examination of staff training records, required documentation, prisoner files, jail policy and procedure and a tour of the jail.

The report indicated problems with the jail's plumbing fixtures and rust and hard water deposits on showers and walls. These problems have been known by county officials and will be addressed by building a new jail at some point in the future.

Contact Lindsey Mutchler at (515) 573-2141 or



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