COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

ICNA Tenant House Lease

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Hearing and request authorization for County Executive to sign new ICNA tenant house lease.

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Herrick and Mullaney

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

January 7, 2009

 

ACTION:  X            INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 


BACKGROUND:

The City and County jointly own a house at the Ivy Creek Natural Area (“ICNA”), which is leased to tenants at a reduced rent in exchange for their service as the property’s caretakers.  The house is currently occupied by long-time tenants Steve and Debbie McVey.  Though the initial one-year term of the McVeys’ most recent lease has expired, they have continued to rent the house on a month-to-month basis.  The Parks and Recreation Department has been very satisfied with the McVeys as property caretakers and tenants.  The McVeys have requested, and the Parks and Recreation Department is recommending, a new lease agreement between the City and County and the McVeys.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Citizens.

Goal 2:  Protect the County’s Natural Resources.

 

DISCUSSION:

Under the proposed new lease, the tenants would continue to be responsible to pay $150 monthly rent to the County and all utility bills, and to perform the following caretaking duties:

 

The initial term of the new lease would be one year, beginning March 1, 2009, followed by up to four one-year terms  The monthly rent for the initial year would remain at $150 per month (determined after review by the County Assessor’s Office), and could be adjusted to reflect any change in caretaker responsibilities.  The proposed new lease has been reviewed and approved by both the City and County Attorneys.  Virginia Code Section 15.2 – 1800(B) requires that the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing prior to entering into this lease agreement.  The Clerk of the Board has advertised the hearing as required.  City Council is scheduled to consider the proposed Lease Agreement on January 20, 2009.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The new lease would generate $1,800 in annual income.  In addition, having the tenants perform the listed duties is much more efficient than having County employees perform these tasks.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board, after the public hearing, authorize the County Executive to sign the attached proposed lease agreement.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – ICNA Tenant House Lease Agreement

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