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Agreement for center rental nearly complete

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Brad Webster
STAUNTON -- It's taken nearly six months to complete, but a rental agreement for use of the Staunton Community Center is almost completed.

During its regularly monthly meeting Monday, the Staunton Town Council met with former council member Jim Smith to discuss the agreement.

Smith, who also serves as the Brazil City Fire Chief, has much experience dealing with agreements of this capacity.

"He was on the board previously and he was on the 4-H board," Staunton Council member Brad Webster told The Brazil Times. "He worked with some of the other communities and their centers. We just used him as a source of information."

During Monday's meeting, Smith offered suggestions to the current agreement that the council had drawn up.

For example, Smith told the board they might consider changing a rental rate and fee item in the agreement.

The original agreement called for a forfeiture of deposit if an event was canceled within seven days. Smith suggested they change this to 30 days.

In addition, he suggested the council offer a special weekend package. Other suggested changes included whether to hand out keys to the building or to use a programmable lock and that anyone who rents out the building for an event should provide their own cleaning supplies.

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Jim Smith
During Monday's meeting, Smith told the council some of the items on the agreement would not need changing, including rental price, which is tentatively set as $100 per day plus sales tax for weddings, receptions, showers or family reunions. In addition, the council has set a price of $175 per day plus sales tax for business meetings, banquets, auctions and fundraisers.

The agreement calls for free meetings for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, but the agreement calls for a "small annual community project for badges,"

"I think your prices are right in line," Smith told the council.

The board elected to take the suggestions under advisement and will consider voting for approval at a later date.

"As soon changes are made, it will probably be adopted," Webster said.

The council was informed Monday the center could be operational by the middle of April.

"I think the building is coming along and looking good," Sanders Associates, Inc., architect Dan Sanders said.

However, council members expressed a slight displeasure with the color of the roof.

Initial plans called for a blue roof for the building, coinciding with the colors of the Staunton High School Yellow Jackets, which were blue and gold.

Webster said the color of the block on the building is a "golden-brown."

"Somehow, the architect did not communicate that with the designer," Webster said of the roof color. "We ended up with the wrong color."

Webster said the roof has a "weathered wood," tint to it, and after seeing it, council members were OK with the color.

The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., April 12.

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$100.00 per day rental fee. A little steep don't you think? I can't see that many Staunton residents will be renting "their community building". Good thing we had our taxes & bills raised to pay for this. Way to Go Brad & Andy!!!

-- Posted by soccermomwithanattitude on Thu, Mar 11, 2010, at 8:54 AM

$175 for fundraisers? If people were having a fundraiser then why is it higher for them than a wedding, family reunion, reception, or a shower? Whats the point in having a fundraiser if you have to pay a higher rental fee shucking out more money?!?! That just doesn't make any sense. But then the fair board with their extremely unreasonable rates doesn't make sense either so I guess I just addressed my own statement! HA!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 12, 2010, at 1:37 PM

The Board did a wonderful thing in building this facility. Everything costs ! People need to understand that most of us aren't rich and we are not going to be able to get others to pay for what we want like a state of Fed. politian.

Brad, you and the board have done a good job. You should be proud.

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Sun, Mar 14, 2010, at 3:58 PM

I'll be visiting in May and I'm excited to see the new community building!

On the subject of rent... where I am, it costs $125 for 4 HOURS rental of just ONE room in our community center! So $100 for the entire day doesn't sound bad to me at all. Does that cover 'class reunions' also?

However, the $175 for business seems a little steep. As an artist, I was hoping to rent the facility when I'm there to teach a few art classes. But at $25 per person, I'd have to have 7 students just to pay the rent... don't think that will happen.

-- Posted by Lori74SHS on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 11:39 AM


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