Supervisors to take up DPS lease
The Yuma County Board of Supervisors will consider taking in the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a tenant inside the county's recently constructed multipurpose facility in Wellton.
The county has drawn up a 20-year lease agreement with DPS to allow the state police office space in the East County Facility, which also houses Wellton Justice Court and an office for the Yuma County Sheriff's Office. DPS previously used a trailer at the Wellton site for its East County satellite office.
The lease will run about $320 per month, or about $3,800 per year, for the 247-square-foot office. Rent, which is subject to annual increases, includes phone and fax lines, parking, utilities and janitorial services.
The supervisors will consider the lease at their meeting Monday. Other agenda items include:
• Adding 20 hours per week to one of the county's part-time animal control officers, bringing the officer to full-time status.
The county started doing animal control enforcement in-house this fiscal year with two full-time and two part-time officers in the field, but ended up busier than anticipated. The county would transfer about $13,000 from its health administration budget to bring the officer to full-time standing.
• Approving an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Wellton to provide election services through 2017.
Wellton would like to contract with the county's election services and recorder to conduct its elections, starting with its primary in March.
• Approving the purchase of eight patrol vehicles for the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office is looking for $250,000 to buy eight new Ford F150 SuperCrew 4X4 short-bed pickups and specially outfit them for police use. The funding would be transferred over from the jail district budget. The trucks would be purchased from Chapman Ford out of Phoenix.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' auditorium, 198 S. Main St.
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