The Cochise County Board of Supervisors has approved a license agreement allowing the City of Bisbee to continue to utilize space at its Melody Lane Complex for a monthly fee.
Following a fire which destroyed Bisbee City Hall in October last year, Cochise County immediately offered the use of its vacant offices. The move enabled the City to be up and running within a couple days.
The agreement means the City will pay the County $4,500 per month for the use of its facilities.
“This is not designed to be a profitable agreement,” County Administrator Ed Gilligan told the Board at its regular meeting on February 27. “This is a compensation agreement for utilization of our facilities. It will also help to reimburse some costs associated with supporting Bisbee.”
While the agreement remains open ended, it includes a 30-day notice provision should the City want to move, or if the County requires the space for its own purposes.
In the meantime, the City is actively looking at a number of options with regards to finding a permanent home.
“It’s in the interests of the City to have an independent office location where their administration offices will be separate from the County,” Gilligan added.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the agreement, which will be sent to the City of Bisbee for approval by their council.
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