October 9, 2013

Center City Council mulls waiving fees for hall use

The City of Center will look at limiting waived fees for groups that use its hall for celebrations.
“We shouldn’t waive it for the Lutheran church,” City Councilman Dallas Morast said. “We shouldn’t waive it for the Methodist church, we shouldn’t waive it for the Catholic church.”
The Center City Council discussed the issue Monday during a meeting at City Hall. A request was submitted by Kristen Henke to waive the large hall fee for a daycare breakfast. The board passed the waiver 3-1. Councilman Keith Erhardt dissented. Councilman Eric Casson was absent.
The issue came after the council voted to increase fees for the large hall to $75 a day to recoup expenses. It also decided to charge out-of-city groups a higher price.
The city has waived the fee for almost every organization, Councilwoman Mary Wahlman said. The waiver defeats the purpose of raising the prices, Morast added.
“I think we need to decided after Jan. 1 that we have to limit what we do with waivers,” he said. “Our church is probably going to ask to have it waived to but I feel that they all need to pay. Then there are no questions asked.”
The council could make exceptions for fundraisers, he added. It decided to look at a policy before the end of the year.
In other news, the city approved a free-will offering for alcohol at the Polkafest.

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