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City agrees to higher rent

November 21, 2012 - To rent space at 3 E. Church St., Clarkston will have to pay a bit more.

At their meeting on Nov. 13, the City Council agreed to a three-year lease of $18,000 with an annual increase of $750 for the first and second years. By 2014, they'll be paying $19,500 to rent the space.

Previously, the city paid $18,000 annually without yearly increases, but that price had been reduced from $20,000 each year in 2010, after negotiations with leaser John Morgan.

Of the new contract, Majoyr Joe Luginski said, "You don't want to pay more if you don't have to, but overall it's a fair deal."

While the City will continue to store DPW equipment at 3 E. Church, "we're going to continue to look at options," Luginski said.

Renting space at 3 E. Church was "meant to be a temporary solution," Luginski explained.

The City will continue using 3 E. Church until another alternative is found because plans to build an addition or an entirely new building fell through.

The contract with Morgan has a six-month out clause, meaning the City can terminate their contract without penalty after giving written notice six months in advance.

The new rental agreement will start on Jan. 1, 2013. The next City Council meeting will be on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.

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