Proposed lease agreement between Ham Lake/SAA on hold

A lease agreement between the city of Ham Lake and the Soderville Athletic Association has been put on hold while building code issues can be explored.

The Ham Lake City Council was set to consider a lease agreement for city-owned property near Ham Lake Park at Monday’s meeting.

As part of the lease agreement, SAA would store equipment in the public works building’s north upper storage area. Access to that area would come from a south service door. A storage area for heavy equipment is proposed to be separated from the area by a fence, with only the city having access to that storage area.

According to Councilmember Gary Kirkeide, because of the dual use of the building, the building code calls for a two-hour fire wall rather than a chain link fence separating the to occupancies.

“It’s a huge issue,” Kirkeide said.

Additional ventilation systems could be needed due to the two uses in the building, he said.

As a result of the potential building code compliance issues, the council agreed to table consideration of the lease agreement until the city’s building official studies the issue further.

The proposed agreement calls for SAA to pay the city $1,250 per month in rent, with the city paying natural gas and utility costs for the leased space.

Term of the lease would be from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2017.

SAA currently rents space in a building acquired by the city after the purchase of land for the future construction of a new service road on the east side of Highway 65 between 153rd and 159th avenues.

That building will eventually be torn down.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]