YC stands firm on Plumas post
Yuba City will keep its office on Plumas Street.
A council member at an earlier session asked administrators to look at the lease and whether the city could save the $1,600 monthly rent by getting out of it, since the beautification project was not moving forward as planned.
The city leased the space to provide an information point for the public and merchants. City employees involved in the project have also been working there.
The city can't tear up the lease. The year-long agreement has no early termination clause and runs through April. The only thing it could do is get landlord Royce Dunn to find another tenant for the 1,500-square-foot office at 633 Plumas St.
Councilman John Miller was at Tuesday night's meeting when the council reviewed the Plumas Street project with City Manager Steven Jepsen. Miller said there was little discussion of the lease other than a report from Jepsen.
Miller said the consensus at a previous council meeting was to keep the office to send a message that the city was committed to Plumas Street. The project was stalled after the lone bid came in more than double the $9.1 million estimate.
Another reason, Miller said, was that city employees still have work to do there. Plans are to move ahead with relocation of utilities from the front of buildings to the back.
“There is activity, and we do have people down there,” said Miller.
Rebidding on the project is expected in January or early February, he said.
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