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County approves new LINK deal

July 11, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a new services agreement with Golden Triangle Development LINK at its meeting Thursday in West Point.
The West Point Board of Selectmen voted to approve the contract at its meeting Tuesday, and agreed to pay half of the annual service fees, which total $350,000 a year.
County Attorney Bob Marshall said the fees for the new agreement are the same as the previous agreement, which total $175,000 from the county. According to Marshall, the old agreement was a joint contract with the city, county and Growth Alliance, but the new agreement is with the county only. The city will continue to pay $175,000 a year toward the fees, however.
“It’s a rolling two-year agreement, and at any point if we want to opt out of this contract we need to give two years notice so the LINK can restructure,” Marshall said. “Not that there’s any worry about that happening.”
He said the previous agreement contained a provision to allow the county out of the contract within six months if LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins left the company. The county has developed such a good working relationship with the LINK that, in the event that Higgins did leave, it wouldn’t be an issue, according to Marshall.
“Another change is that in the prior agreement, when the LINK had costs and had to hire engineers, the board had to approve that in advance,” he said. “In the new agreement they can go ahead and spend up to $50,000, and if it’s over that we’ll have to approve it.”

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