COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Howardsville River Access Lease
County lease of Crews property in Howardsville to maintain a public access to the James River.
Tucker, White, Davis, Trank, Mullaney
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
May 4, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Howardsville has been a popular access to the James River since 1964. The original river access site was purchased and maintained by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Hurricanes in the early 1970’s washed away much of the DGIF land and the concrete ramp. When the ramp was replaced in early 1980 it was incorrectly sited and infringed on an adjacent private property. Due to the lack of DGIF land at the site and deteriorating relations with that property owner, DGIF closed the access site in the winter of 2000. In order to reopen the site, the County entered into lease agreements with DGIF and the adjacent property owner in 2001. The current lease agreement with the private property owner expires on May 31, 2005. The original lease agreement was for 1 year from June 1, 2001 until May 31, 2002 at an annual rent of $3,000 with the option of extending the lease for multiple 1 year terms by mutual agreement. The original lease was extended for three additional terms. The landowner is now requesting an increase in the annual rent which will require a new lease agreement approved by the Board.
Goal: 2.2 – Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources.
Goal: 3.6 – Provide opportunities for the healthy and productive use of leisure time.
The property owner originally requested a one year agreement with an increase in the annual rent from $3,000 to $5,000. The Parks and Recreation Director has negotiated, subject to board approval, a five year agreement with a total annual rent of $4000 in the initial year and an annual increase of $250 for each of the subsequent years. The County may terminate this lease at any time, upon giving written notice to the Landlord. The Landlord may terminate the lease at the end of each year (May 31st) with 90 days written notice to the County. All other terms of the lease remain the same.
This action will increase the expense of operating the Howardsville river access by $1,000 in the first year and by $250 for each subsequent year through the five year term of the lease.
Staff recommends that the Board authorize the County Executive to execute the attached lease agreement.
Attachment A – Lease Agreement
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