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File #: 0439-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/13/2017 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 2/27/2017 Final action: 3/2/2017
Title: To authorize the Director of Finance and Management to enter into a First Amendment To Agreement For Lease Of Real Property For Agricultural Purposes with Mr. Timothy A. Barnes to increase the acreage of land leased for farming; to add Chad Barnes dba Barnes Unlimited LLC as an additional tenant; and to declare an emergency.
Explanation

Background: The City of Columbus owns multiple tracts of agricultural land in Delaware County on behalf of its Department of Public Utilities that are being held generally for future growth and as a buffer for the Upground Reservoir located on Taway Road. This agricultural land is leased to farmers to reduce the maintenance cost of holding the land, for example, the cost of mowing the fields, maintaining fences, tree lines, etc. and to keep the land in productive use preventing the formation of wetland conditions. Nine (9) acres of this agricultural land has been leased since 2012 to Mr. Edward A. Zimmerman and Mrs. Lori S. Zimmerman.

Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman recently notified the City that they no longer wish to lease and farm this nine (9) acre tract. The City leases adjacent acreage for farming to Mr. Timothy A. Barnes and he has agreed to expand his farm operation to include this nine acre tract. In addition Mr. Barnes wishes to farm this tract and the acreage under his existing lease with his son Chad Barnes as Barnes Unlimited LLC. An amendment to the existing Agreement For Lease Of Real Property For Agricultural Purposes with Mr. Barnes is necessary to reflect the addition of the nine (9) acre tract and to add Chad Barnes dba Barnes Unlimited LLC as a tenant under the lease.

This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Department of Finance and Management to execute a First Amendment To Agreement For Lease Of Real Property For Agricultural Purposes with Mr. Timothy A. Barnes to increase the tillable acreage of the existing Agreement For Lease Of Real Property For Agricultural Purposes from 660 acres to 669 acres and to amend the name of the tenant from Tim Barnes to Timothy A. Barnes and Chad Barnes dba as Barnes Unlimited, LLC. All other terms, conditions and provisions of the Agreement For Lease Of Real Property For Agricultural Purposes will remain unchanged.

Fiscal Impact: No expenditure of funds is required for this ordinance and there ...

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