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July 17, 2013

Despite reported need for urgency -- and $125K lease for new space -- county records remain in place


Niagara Gazette — The legislature entered into a five-year agreement with area developer David Ulrich’s Clear Opportunity Properties, LLC to lease 28,000 square feet of space inside the Transit Road building. County lawmakers agreed to pay $4.45 per square foot — roughly $125,000 a year — for the space, which is to house various records kept by the county clerk’s office. Ulrich also agreed to pay for the preparation of the records space and to provide the county with land on site that will be used for the construction of a new emergency radio tower.

In a release issued by the county following the vote last year, Jagow said “valuable records” under the county’s custodial care were in “danger of being lost to time — destroyed by the elements — due to the unacceptable environment” where they were being stored.

The resolution authorizing the move to Ulrich’s property also described a sale of the Davison Road campus to R.B. Mac construction company as “imminent,” although Assistant County Attorney Thomas Burgasser later said the two records storage sites would not be part of the proposed deal.

On Tuesday, Jagow said records that previously faced potential damage due to conditions inside the old nurses’ residence have been moved to the other building and are now safe and secure as the county prepares to move them to the Transit Road site.

Jagow said lawmakers were made aware last October that it would be at least a year-long process to complete the records transition. He said the process is complicated by a number of factors, including a need for the county to continue to make the records “readily available” to 41 county departments, including the district attorney’s office.

In addition, Jagow noted that it was necessary for the county to purchase new storage shelves for placement inside the Ulrich building. Jagow said the new shelving was purchased for $157,491 in May and is now in the process of being installed.

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