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March 28, 2014

Baldwin leasing Carr Station convenience center

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Commissioners signed off on an intergovernmental contract leasing the Carr Station Road convenience center to Hancock County for a 10-year period beginning May 1.

Presently, Baldwin operates a refuse and garbage center at the location near the neighboring county that's limited to its residents' use.

Baldwin pays all expenses for the Carr Station Road operation as well.

Hancock wanted an additional location for its residents to deposit refuse and garbage.

Starting about three months ago, county officials on both sides met and negotiated an agreement whereby Hancock County would have the right to lease and operate the convenience center.

County Commissioner Johnny Westmoreland, District 5, said the board voted positively on the lease to bring some extra funds into the county revenue pot.

The commissioner said the contract shows Baldwin can work well with other counties also.

In exchange for leasing the center at Carr Station, Baldwin residents can still deposit garbage and refuse at the center free of charge.

Currently, the trash center operates Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Per the contract, the future schedule “shall be no less than those hours of operation.”

Westmoreland said the center would likely open more often under Hancock's control.

Hancock County will staff and establish rules of operation at the Carr Station center.

The agreement states, “at all times, the premises shall be maintained in an orderly fashion and be kept clean and neat.”

The lease contract indemnifies Baldwin County and from and against any and all claims, liability and expense for damages to any person or property in, on, or around the premises arising out of acts or neglect of Hancock County and its invitees.

Hancock must maintain public liability and property damage insurance of $1 million and name Baldwin as an additional insured party, according to the contract.

If any debt accumulates past a 30-day window, Hancock could be required to “vacate the premises.”

The intergovernmental agreement begins in May and runs through April 30, 2024 and will automatically renew for 10 more years on the same terms unless either party gives proper written notice. Either party may terminate the agreement by giving a 60 days notice.


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