Agenda Report # 58
WHEREAS, Council authorized in Resolution 243-14 the acceptance by Quit Claim of property located at 3508 Oberlin Drive from the State of Georgia; and,
WHEREAS, the property was previously utilized by Columbus Technical College as part of their Horticultural Program in partnership with the Columbus Botanical Gardens. The Horticultural Program has since been eliminated and the College no longer had a use for the property; and,
WHEREAS, the Columbus Botanical Gardens has expressed an interest in leasing the property to develop a walking trail and other low intensity activities consistent with a public garden. The organization is in the process of developing a 10 year master plan and desires to include the property in the plan for expanding services to the public; and,
WHEREAS, the proposed lease will be for $1.00 per year for an initial 10 year period with an option to renew for an additional 10 year period. The lease will include requirements to maintain general liability insurance in an amount of $1 million, prohibit permanent structures on the site, include a termination clause by either party with 90 days written notice, and require prior approval by the City Manager for any improvements on the site; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
The City Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a lease agreement for with the Columbus Botanical Gardens, Inc. for $1.00 per year for an initial period of 10 years with an option to renew for an additional 10 years for property located at 3508 Oberlin Drive. The City Manager is further authorized to sign any and all documents relating to the lease agreement and other matters relating to the property.