Volume 35 , Number 3 , Winter 1996
by Jerry W. Gideon
Prior to our Board meeting and the general session meeting of Dec. 10, 1995, several of the board members met to discuss the proposed lease of The Old Jail Building of Taney County at my office in Forsyth, Mo. The purpose of these meetings were to draft an agreement with the City of Forsyth to make sure that all understood the responsibility each would share if in fact this was to become a reality
I had been in contact with Mayor Berry of the City several times in regard to this matter, had discussed various items of concern that we had, and as a result of these meetings, had drawn up a list of items that we felt should be given serious consideration. At our last meeting we developed a draft copy of a lease agreement that we felt we were willing to commit to, and I in turn once again presented it to the Mayor who felt we would all be able to live with the lease.
The group approved and I then turned this draft copy over to the city attorney for a final official agreement to be drawn up in order for Mayor Berry to present the same to the full Board of Alderman for approval. It was presented and approved, signed by the Mayor as directed by the Board, and I in turn, signed the document on behalf of this organization as approved by both the WRVHS Board of Directors
and the general membership at the December 10, 1995, meeting.
This lease will run with the lease agreement that the City of Forsyth has with the Corps of Engineer. That lease from the Corps of Engineers to the City will expire on the 31st day of December 2009. Should my math serve me correctly, this would give us 13 years before we should have to worry about a renewal. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, the renewal of a lease agreement with the Corps has never been a problem if the lessee lives up to the agreement. This should be no problem for the WRVHS; at least we have 13 years to decide what route we wish to follow at renewal time if not before.
It will take a lot of hard work and time to fine tune this project, but we do have a home and a major Society project. This move is the direction we have chosen, and should inspire each of us to get involved, and proclaim this a new and hopefully a happy new year.
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