Council denies Dream Dancers rent request

The Daleville City Council denied a request by Dream Dancers Dance Studios at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 4.

The organization was requesting that the city council allow it to continue to rent out its spot at the Daleville Recreation Center for its original rental price before an increase.

A motion to deny the request was made by Councilmember Jo Reese.

“I move that we uphold our decision from Aug. 20, 2019, concerning all rent at the Recreation Center,” Reese said.

It was seconded by Councilmember Katheryne Horace.

It was denied in a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Bobby Hardrick voting against the measure.

“Why didn’t her rent go up on the first of October like it was supposed to?” Hardrick asked. “I have a question about why she’s still paying the same amount of rent so I’m not just going to jump in.”

Reese responded.

“I would say that whoever was in charge of it did not follow through and that is not a reflection on the council,” Reese said. “It was voted, it was cast and the fact that it slid through the cracks for a few months is no reason now to say, ‘Oh you still don’t have to pay.’”

At the heart of the issue is the price of renting a room at the Daleville Recreation Center, which was set to increase on Oct. 1, 2019, by the council at an Aug. 20, 2019, meeting. However, Dream Dancers Dance Studio did not see an increase until the start of the year.

At that August meeting, the council agreed, in a motion made by Reese, that to rent a room at the Recreation Center, businesses would be required to sign a one-year contract and pay a deposit of $300. Rent was set at 20 cents per square foot and these yearly contracts were set for Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

In other business, Reese thanked the citizens of Daleville for staying conscious of the school zone speed down Main Street.

“I would like to thank all those on the Main Street,” Reese said. “I’ve been noticing everybody just about abiding by the school zone speed. Very rarely now do I see someone speeding. I appreciate that.”

Reese also encouraged everyone to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census.

“Please participate,” Reese said.

Finally, Reese thanked the citizens and council for her time serving on the council so far.

“I want to thank y’all for the two years I’ve been able to serve on this city council,” Reese said. “It’s been two years this month. It doesn’t seem like it but it’s gone by fast. I’ve enjoyed it and hope to continue with it.”

Mayor Jayme Stayton thanked Reese for serving.

The next Daleville City Council meeting will be held on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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