County okays tower agreement afterall
Commissioners made a judgment call to approve a draft of a land-lease contract agreement with the Sprint Nextel Corp. Wednesday. Sprint, the purchaser of former negotiating partner St. Cloud Wireless, LLC, plans to build a cellular communications...
Commissioners made a judgment call to approve a draft of a land-lease contract agreement with the Sprint Nextel Corp. Wednesday.
Sprint, the purchaser of former negotiating partner St. Cloud Wireless, LLC, plans to build a cellular communications tower on county land west of Mantrap Lake in Lake Emma Township.
County coordinator Jack Paul updated the board on the contract.
County attorney Don Dearstyne reviewed the contract. An Oct. 11 memo stated his sole concern originated from lack of county ability to terminate the lease unless the tenant violates the default clause, said Paul.
According to Paul, the county would still be able to terminate the lease if Sprint violated environmental regulations, disturbed the geographical outlay or refused to pay rent.
Several commissioners expressed an understanding of Sprint's contract position.
"They don't want to build it and then be forced off it right away," reasoned commissioner Lyle Robinson.
"If we only wanted to have one, it would be a heck of a good way to get them to build it and take it back," agreed chairman Cal Johannsen.
Sprint will rent the tower space for a minimum of 10 years and pay a monthly rent of $350 plus an additional $150 for any co-tenants.
Additionally, Hubbard County will receive usage of an elevation platform on the tower. The county could use the tower to assist in its upgrade to the federally mandated digital universal emergency communication frequency required by 2011.
The motion to approve the contract draft as received passed unanimously.
After a finalized draft is approved by both parties, Sprint will begin an environmental assessment. Construction could begin next spring.
In other coordinator's agenda action Wednesday, commissioners:
??Reiterated the county's separation from Heritage Living Center employees, including all employee benefits.
The Heritage Campus Board asked commissioners for a ruling before seeking dental plans and other benefits.
Commissioners altered Heritage by-laws to conform with Department of Employee Relations (DOER) pay equity regulations.
"We don't want to give them (DOER) any reason to say we're not in compliance," said Johannsen.
??Authorized closure of the courthouse at noon Dec. 24.
Assistant county coordinator Deb Thompson said the county has established a precedent of closing early if the day before Christmas "fell in the middle of the week."
??Accepted the quotes and bids for: replacement of electrical wiring and installation of a new fusible switch from Northern States Electric, at $7,600 and $4,350, respectively; an industrial vacuum cleaner from Hillyard of Staples, the lower of two quotes at $526.76; and a new computer for the Recorder's office from the state contract at $590.