Lease Agreement Will Soon Be Signed
It is official: The City of Nitro will have a new City Council Chambers, Municipal Court, and Police station.
“We closed on the building, yesterday,” says Mayor David Casebolt. “The lease agreement, with the building commission, will be signed early next week. We expect to start moving in next week.”
Casebolt says the purchase price is $480,000 – though the city will save money over its current lease.
“It is a lease purchase, so in 20 years, this building is actually going to be owned by the city of Nitro,” explains Chief of Police H. Stephen “Steve” Walker “We are going to reduce our cost from $35,000 a year that we’re paying in rent to down to half of that.”
The City Council will hold its June 6th meeting at the new building while the police department is expected to take 30-60 days to move in.
Currently, the city leases part of the Kings Way Christian Church at 2002 2nd Avenue. Walker says the new location, across town, will be an improved facility for his officers, despite being farther from City Hall which will soon be renovated.