Moving costs would eat up the savings from lower rent, two commissioners argue.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Trumbull County Eastern District Court will stay in its current location, despite a court case and lower bid to provide the court space somewhere else.
County commissioners voted Wednesday to sign a 10-year lease to keep the court in a building at 7130 Brookwood Drive, Brookfield, owned by K-Y Residential Commercial & amp; Industrial Development Corp.
Commissioner James G. Tsagaris dissented. He said he would rather see the court move to a lower-rent property owned by Rien Construction Co. at 7124 Warren Sharon Road.
Lawsuit: Rien Construction sued the county two years ago, when its bid to lease space for the court was first rejected in favor of a higher bid from K-Y. The county signed a temporary lease with K-Y while the case moved through the courts, said Jim Misocky, an attorney with the county prosecutor's office.
Last year, an appeals court ordered the county ask for new bids from potential landlords, because information received by the commissioners after the bid deadline may have been used to make a decision, he said.
New bid: Rien's bid was lower again this time, $43,500 a year compared to $47,400 a year from K-Y. But Commissioners Michael J. O'Brien and Joseph J. Angelo Jr. said the savings over the 10-year life of the lease would be lost to the initial costs of moving and installing computer, telephone and security equipment in the new building.
It would cost about $30,000 to wire the Warren Sharon Road building to meet the court's needs, O'Brien said. That work has already been done at the court's current home on Brookwood Drive.
"The judge and staff are happy in the new location," Angelo said.
Rejected bid: A real estate appraiser paid $2,000 to review the bids, however, was in favor of the bid rejected by commissioners.
"It is my opinion that the proposed annual rent for 7124 Warren Sharon Road represents the more reasonable option, considering its value," according to the report by John Tricomi & amp; Associates, Inc.
"He bid on it, it is cheaper, he should get it," Tsagaris said.