Rental prices raised at vacant T.S. Boyd School

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/29/17

DORA — Dora City Council members voted Thursday night to increase the rental rates for private events held at the empty T.S. Boyd Elementary School building.

“When we first were given the school, we tried to make it as easy to rent as …

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Rental prices raised at vacant T.S. Boyd School

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DORA — Dora City Council members voted Thursday night to increase the rental rates for private events held at the empty T.S. Boyd Elementary School building.

“When we first were given the school, we tried to make it as easy to rent as possible,” said Mayor Randy Stephens. “We put the rental price very low and we’re losing money everyday.”

He added that the old school is the biggest facility the city has available for rent.

Previously, the city had been renting out the school’s gym for $30 an hour and $100 for two hours.

“We can’t turn the lights and the air conditioning on for that amount of money,” Stephens explained.

The council approved increasing the price to a minimum rental of $200 for four hours, and $50 for each additional hour.

Stephens said the previous rental costs were not adequate to cover what the city pays each month for water and electricity bills, as well as the cost of general upkeep of the building.

“We want it to be used, but we need try to recover some of that overhead from people using it for private events,” he continued.

In other business, the council:

•heard from Richard Lovelady on behalf of the Walker County Sports Hall of Fame.

Lovelady requested that the City of Dora and Horse Creek Golf Course purchase a full page ad together in the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees booklet. The council voted to approve purchasing the ad, which marks the third year the council has done so.

In total, the cost is $1,000 and the city and golf course will split the cost.

•approved purchasing equipment for the Horse Creek Golf Course clubhouse, attaching a budgeted amount for each of the items.

This included approving a budget of up to $3,000 to upgrade the kitchen to a commercial restaurant range. The council also agreed to purchasing two round folding tables for up to $150, six rectangular folding tables for up to $300, 60 chairs for up to $1,200, patio tables and chairs for up to $2,500 and four rocking chairs for up to $600.

Stephens said the clubhouse is “coming along nicely” and will hopefully be open by the end of May.

•approved Police Chief Jared Hall to attend a police chief conference.

•approved sponsoring a $150 table at the East Walker Chamber Banquet in May.