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City and SPCA agree on 10-year lease

The Lloydminster SPCA and the city have come to an agreement on the shelter’s lease. The 10-year lease at an annual rate of $7,500 was approved in Monday’s city council meeting.

Councillor Jonathan Torresan says the agreement is renewing a formal contract that did exist before but was not being enacted by the city. The only thing that has changed from the previous agreement is the there will no longer be a clause for gift-in-kind services.

“There was an understanding that there was an ability to provide gift-in-kind services, but what they found, at least our legal advice has been it’s too difficult to quantify what the gift-in-kind services would be.”

The previous agreement for $7,500 was not documented and therefore required both the city and the SPCA to create a new lease. Torresan says there is always a concern that the non-profit organization won’t be able to afford the rate, however, the SPCA is on board with the agreement.

“We have to be conscious of that and make sure that we’re working with them and providing a lease rate that they can afford, but also making it somewhat competitive so that they’re not getting a special deal that we couldn’t provide to other non-for profits.”

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In Monday’s meeting, the city also erased debt owed by the SPCA from the previous lease agreement.

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