County weighs bakery lease

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider renewing the county’s lease agreement with Grandma Millie’s Bakery & Cafe at the county airport.

The new agreement with McCormick Enterprises will be considered at the board’s meeting at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building. It was recommended for approval by the board’s Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee and Finance Committee. The lease would run from Aug. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014, with an option to renew for one additional year.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead recently told the Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee that pilots and members of the public using the airport on County Highway 153, off Route 67, need a site like Grandma Millie’s.

“It’s important to have a holdover area,” Stead said.

Some county officials in recent months questioned whether Grandma Millie’s Bakery & Cafe should be given another lease. The business has been at the airport for more than two years, and the last long-term lease expired June 30. The county this spring decided to open up the lease of the building to anyone from the public, but only received one proposal, from Grandma Millie’s.

The county reported earlier this year that Grandma Millie’s was overdue on a May lease payment, overdue on sewer fees for May, owed late penalties for May, and was overdue on water payments for February, March and April. But the business got caught up, owner Chauncey McCormick said.

The payment situation with getting rent is “a little bit improved,” Stead said.

“We’re recommending you go ahead and renew this lease,” he told the committee.

The lease shows a total proposed monthly rent of $210. The business is open six days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The lease proposal asks Fulton County to address several issues. They include: repair of damaged screens on kitchen windows, repair of a broken door, creation of a handicapped-accessible parking space, fire drills, and parking the county plow away from the restaurant parking lot.

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