Ham Lake approves lease agreement with SAA

The Ham Lake City Council has approved a lease agreement with the Soderville Athletic Association for rental of a portion of the city’s public works building.

Approval came on a 3-1 vote Dec. 3. Councilmember Gary Kirkeide voted no and Councilmember Julie Braastad was absent.

The 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 will use its portion of the building for office space and a batting cages.

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.

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 the city’s heavy equipment will be separated from the SAA storage area by a fence, with only the city having access to the heavy equipment storage area.

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

A review by the state of Minnesota and International Code Council found that the use is allowed without requiring a fire barrier wall or sprinklers.

“It’s good to go the way it is with the changes that were originally proposed,” said Councilmember Tom Johnson.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]