JEFFERSON-Ashe County Partnership for Children is seeking approval from county commissioners to terminate its lease at Family Central in Jefferson and transfer the property back to the county, effective April 1, 2017.
The agency is scheduled to appear before county commissioners at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 to pitch their proposal.
The ACPC recently indicated at a meeting with county management on Feb. 13 that the organization no longer wishes to operate the leasing segment of their operation and would like to cancel their lease.
Additionally, the partnership is asking the county to either payoff their outstanding loan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the amount of $223,130 or assume the loan and begin making the annual payments of $38,440 beginning April 4, 2017. The interest rate on that loan is 4.5 percent, according to the commissioners’ information packet.
Estimated expenses to operate the facility are $102,000, excluding the debt service payment.
In March 2000, the county entered into an agreement to lease a portion of the old Ashe Central High School building to the ACPC for one dollar annually with a lease term of 99 years.
On or about that time, the ACPC borrowed funds from the USDA to finance improvements to the building and began leasing office space in the building to interested organizations. The borrowing was secured by a security interest in the ACPC leasehold interest, according to information supplied by the county.
Today, that facility at Family Central hosts a wide array of programming including job assistance programs and the department of parks and recreation.
According to the agency’s website, the mission of ACPC is is to nurture an active, supportive community that provides choices, opportunities and encouragement for all children and families in Ashe County to become healthy, educated and self-reliant.
ACPC was founded in 1995 to administer the Smart Start grant in Ashe County. Since that time the agency has expanded to include a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness program. They created Family Central in 1999 at the former Ashe Central High School, according to their website.
In other business, the Ashe County Sheriff’s office is expected to request additional funding for the jail administrator position.
The jail administrator recently left employment with the ACSO. Due to payout of leave to the ex-jail administrator, sufficient funds will not be available until April to fill the position. Finance department staff have calculated that an additional $2,000 needs to be added to the salaries line item at the jail to enable a jail administrator to be hired immediately.
Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.