Agenda Item # 2


Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

October 11, 2016
Agenda Report # 48


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Lease Agreement – 921 Lawyers Lane

INITIATED BY: Community Reinvestment



Recommendation: Approval is requested authorizing the City Manager to renew a lease agreement with Safehouse Ministries (formally known as Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry) to lease the building at 921 Lawyers Lane for $1 per year for an additional five (5) years.

Background: The City owns the property located at 921 Lawyers Lane. It has been leased since October 11, 2011 by the Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry for $1 per year to provide housing to disadvantaged women and women with children. The lease agreement expired on October 10, 2016 and Safehouse Ministries (formally known as the Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry) has requested to renew the lease for an additional five years.

Analysis: If the City does not renew the lease with Safehouse Ministries, then the organization will no longer have an affordable place to house disadvantaged women and women with children. Since 2011, 516 women and 132 children have been provided shelter through this facility, and over half of those have left to permanent housing. The tenant will be responsible for maintenance of the building, utilities, and must maintain hazard and liability insurance.

Financial Considerations: There will be no cost burden to the City. The tenant will be responsible for all maintenance and utilities, and will be required to maintain hazard and liability insurance.

Legal Considerations: Any lease agreement involving the City requires Council approval.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the Resolution authorizing the City Manager to renew a lease agreement with Safehouse Ministries to lease the building at 921 Lawyers Lane for $1 per year for a period of five (5) years.

A RESOLUTION
NO. ______

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH SAFEHOUSE MINISTRIES TO LEASE THE BUILDING AT 921 LAWYERS LANE FOR $1 PER YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS.

WHEREAS, the building is currently leased by Safehouse Ministries; and,

WHEREAS, the City owns the building located at 921 Lawyers Lane; and,

WHEREAS, Safehouse Ministries has requested to renew the lease agreement for the building; and,

WHEREAS, the property will continue to be used as housing for disadvantaged women and women with children; and,

WHEREAS, the City will charge the tenant $1 per year for a period of five (5) years and the tenant will be responsible for all maintenance costs, utilities and maintaining hazard and liability insurance.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to execute a lease agreement with the Safehouse Ministries to lease the building at 921 Lawyers Lane for $1 per year for a period of five (5) years.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor