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Putnam commission reimburses landlord for health board's debt

By Kara Moore

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Health Department has settled another large debt on its road back to solvency.

The Putnam County Commission voted Tuesday morning to pay $133,278.33 to GDY LLC, owner of Teays Corporate Centre, over two fiscal years to settle a lease dispute.

The board of health voted to pay an additional $34,205.84 at its last meeting, bringing the total paid to more than $167,000.

But that's about half of what the company could demand under the terms of the lease, which was supposed to run through October 2014. The health department vacated its former space in June to try to cut costs.

Gary Young, president and CEO of G&G Builders, built and owns the Teays Corporate Centre and leases it under the company GDY LLC. He attended Tuesday's meeting to address the commission.

He said that he didn't seek out the health department as a tenant in 2010, and he was skeptical that they could afford the space.

"We actually delayed pursuit of the lease until budgets and so forth could be prepared," Young said.

"We did provide outs, we gave them good rates on the space," Young said, "and we spent a significant amount of money out of pocket actually customizing and building out special exams in that space as well."

He said that when the health department left in June, his company had to do "a significant amount of repair," and as a result the space is only now marketable to a new tenant.

The figure he came up with reimburses his costs so far, he told the commission.

He said if can't find a tenant quickly, he will ask to be exonerated from paying the portion of the property taxes on the building that the health department would have paid as part of their lease.

In other news, the county will hold a surplus property auction to sell office furnishings from the health department as well as some other surplus county property, including three vehicles.

The auction will be Nov. 2 at the county courthouse in Winfield. Commissioner Skidmore was named acting commission president to conduct the auction.

Also, the new animal shelter is done, and the county will begin moving into the new facility early next week. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be 1 p.m. Nov. 5. The Putnam County Commission meets at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the county courthouse in Winfield. All meetings are open to the public.


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