Campo Volunteer Fire Department Lease

DATE: March 9, 1999 
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT:Campo Volunteer Fire Department Lease

SUMMARY:
The County of San Diego currently maintains more than 30 leases with volunteer, public service and other non-profit organizations throughout the region at an annual rate of one dollar. The Campo Fire Department Board of Directors has requested the Board of Supervisors to renegotiate the existing lease with the Department to a comparable rate.

Recommendation(s):
SUPERVISOR JACOB 
1) Waive Board Policies B-29 and F-51 pertaining to department responsibility for cost recovery and revenue leasing of County real property.

2) Approve and authorize the Director, Department of General Services as the County lease administrator to prepare and execute a lease amendment to reflect an annual lease cost of one dollar on County Contract 70756R for the remainder of the contract term.

Fiscal Impact: 
Currently, there is no cost to the County associated with the maintenance of the Campo Fire Station. Approval of this action will result in a decrease in lease revenue from the volunteer fire department of $1,061.65 annually.

Background:
The Campo Fire Department, CSA 112, is an all-volunteer fire department along the Highway 94 Corridor in East San Diego County. Operating on a minuscule annual budget of just $17,000, this group of dedicated volunteers responded to 102 calls just last year, approximately 40% of which are automobile and other emergency service calls to non-residents of the Campo area or out of the District. In fact, during the period of January 14, 1999 to February 18, 1999, the Campo Fire Department responded to 11 medical aid or vehicle accident calls, 5 of which involved victims from outside of the Campo area. In addition, the Campo Fire Department maintains mutual aid agreements with many other firefighting agencies and assists in firefighting efforts throughout the County.

The County-owned building occupied by the Campo Fire Department was originally built as a fire station by the U.S. Army as part of Camp Lockett. In the 1950s, it was GIVEN by the Army to the County. The County has made no significant improvements to the building since the 50s. And, there have been no County costs associated with the maintenance of this building since it has been leased to the fire department.

The Campo Fire Department Board of Directors has requested the Board of Supervisors to renegotiate the existing lease with the Department for $1 per year, as is customary for other similar non-profit organizations . Given their volunteer role in providing fire protection and emergency service to people in the entire San Diego region, I urge your support.

Respectfully submitted,

DIANNE JACOB 
Vice-Chairwoman