The city of Kaufman and Kaufman County are working on a plan for the county to become the city’s temporary landlord.
City voters approved funds for a new $6.6 million city hall and police station in May, which will require the city to relocate its offices for up to two years while the old city hall is torn down and a new one constructed on the site.
Mayor Jeff Jordan and City Secretary JoAnn Talbot met with county commissioners last Wednesday to work out plans for the city to lease office space at the county’s south campus at 3003 S. Washington.
Jordan said the city needs to be out of the building by Oct. 31 with demolition to begin Nov. 1.
“We need an alternative place to do business for 18 months,” he said.
While the south campus does not have space for all city functions, Jordan said it should be able to house administration, court, development services and some public works.
“We will take what is available,” he said.
Also discussed was the use of the conference room for city meetings, installing a drop box and payment windows for utility payments and the need for signage directing citizens to the temporary offices.
On Monday commissioners approved the county and city negotiating a lease for the space.
“We need to figure out the fair market value for the lease,” County Judge Bruce Wood said.
City Manager Mike Slye acknowledged that the city would be responsible for its own phone system and information technology and for signage.