The council decided to change the rental agreement for the city’s community center. The rental fee will now be $150 per rental, with a $50 deposit. Previously, the center required a $100 rental fee and $100 deposit.
Mayor Dennis Welch agreed to increasing the fees, but he urged the council to carefully consider the amount of increase so it didn’t overwhelm potential renters.
The community center has recently undergone a major cleanup, that includes refinishing floors, painting and repairing chairs and tables for use, among other things. The improvement effort was spearheaded by Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harvey, who said he also supported the increased rental fee.“I’m not trying to kill anybody who might want to rent it,” Harvey said, before making the motion for the increase amount. Harvey said he would like to see the increased fees used to continue improvements on the facility so it can be used in more ways.
In other business:
•Welch said the city will have a Christmas parade, despite rumors to the contrary. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Anyone interested in entering a float should contact city hall at 622-3232.
•The council agreed to surplus and sell the black police car, and to use the money from the sale to repair the other police car, unit 203. The city will take bids on the car that is for sale.
•The city’s magistrate, Joseph Thomas, informed the council about the recent court date, as well as updating the council about the progress made toward allowing the city to take credit cards for payment of fees and fines. Thomas said he was just waiting for the equipment needed to come through the mail, and the city will be able to begin accepting the cards.