Motor vehicle office at mall may close

Since the late 1990s, Mesa County residents have had a motor vehicle office at Mesa Mall.

But a recent 5 percent increase in the lease is creating some urgency to move out of the mall or, at the least, renegotiate the contract.

The increase bumped up the annual lease to $113,463.

“Twenty-six-fifty for a square foot is highway robbery,” said Commissioner Craig Meis on Monday.

“Yes it is,” responded Jim Raff, from Mesa County facilities.

Raff presented the lease agreement to the commission as a one-year deal. The commission decided to take the lease on a month-to-month basis and begin a serious search for a new motor vehicle office in the west end of the Grand Valley.

“You’re right, it is expensive,” said Jon Peacock, county administrator.

Peacock also indicated that with the economy, the county might find a good deal on a new building. But, he added, “it probably will take some time.”

Janice Rich, county clerk and recorder, said she has been telling the commission since 2003 that the rent is too expensive. There are just two reserved parking spots for customers, and
Rich said she has several security concerns about the location.

“Since I became clerk in 2003, I have been trying to encourage the county commissioners to consider another location,” Rich said.

For what the county has paid in rent to the mall over the years, it could have built new offices instead, Rich said.

No one is calling for an end to service in the area — the west end of the valley.


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