No reservations in Civic Plaza agreement


No reservations in Civic Plaza agreement


By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

City of West Union and Fayette County officials reported no reservations in approving a 28E agreement in regard to the lease of the Civic Plaza on the courthouse square in West Union. 

While approving the $1/50-year lease agreement during its regular meeting on Monday, the Fayette County Board of Supervisors await the City’s endorsement during its Monday, April 1, council meeting.

When asked by Supervisor Jeanine Tellin during the public hearing portion of the discussion if they had any questions or concerns, West Union City Attorney Jerem White, Administrator Bob Vagts, Councilman Michael Lauer, and Fayette County Economic Development Director Bill Ziegler acknowledged that they did not.

“I’m just looking forward to the plaza getting activities up and going and being put to use,” said Ziegler in agreement with each of the city and county officials in attendance.

Supervisor Vicki Rowland questioned the need to stipulate the agreement is for 50 years. She explained her concern of placing the responsibility of renewing the lease to a group of Supervisors who will be in office decades into the future.

Tellin said the stipulation was included upon the advisement of Heartland Insurance attorney Carlton Salmons.

Under the agreement, the City of West Union will be responsible for all maintenance, repairs, and cleanup of the plaza area. 

The City is also solely responsible for the plaza’s insurance. While providing the property and casualty insurance, the City will name Fayette County as an additional insurer and provide proof of insurance to Fayette County on an annual basis.

An additional provision of the 28E is that no separate entity or organization will be created by the agreement.

Prior to the closing of Monday’s discussion, Vagts requested that if the lease agreement was approved by the council on April 1, the City be allowed to pay Fayette County $50 up front rather than $1 per year for 50 years. The Supervisors unanimously agreed to the request.


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