Durbin Council and Habitat discuss lease agreement
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity discussed with council its lease agreement for the bunkhouse with the West Virginia Rail Authority at the Durbin Town Council meeting July 10,
Council originally leased the bunkhouse from the Rail Authority, but agreed to discontinue the lease in January in order for AHHH to be eligible to enter into a lease to use the bunkhouse for volunteer housing.
Council entered the agreement with the stipulation that the town would have first option to lease the bunkhouse if Habitat breaks its lease.
Executive Director Michelle Connor explained that the lease was drafted by the Rail Authority and she was unaware the stipulation was not included. She said there was a section of the lease that said previous leases would be enacted if the lease was broken, but it did not state specifically that it would go back to the Town of Durbin.
Council shared its displeasure with the wording of the lease and asked why it was not available for review prior to Habitat signing it.
Connor said she received the lease in April from the Rail Authority and assumed it was correct.
Council and Connor discussed the issue and agreed that council will contact the Rail Authority to have a separate agreement drawn up to ensure that the town would have first option on the bunkhouse when Habitat is finished with the building.
In other business:
ﾕ Council agreed to advertise the old town lawn mower for sale. The mower was replaced in June because the rear axle broke and the motor has shavings in it.
Durbin Town Council meets the second Tuesday of every month, at 7 p.m., at the town office.