Recreation center rental agreements discussed, tabled

Rental agreements for the Billy Adkins Community Center were tabled during the Daleville City Council’s July 16 council meeting.

The topic of recreation center use was first discussed during a Feb. 5 work session when Mayor Jayme Stayton said a lot of space at the recreation center was being rented by businesses. During the work session, several council members discussed rates being set at a “fair market value” for the size of the room rented, and during the Feb. 6 council meeting, asked how rental agreements occurred, including if there was a contract to rent the facility.

During a March 6 work session, Parks and Recreation Director Brook Beasley provided the council with information about renting the facility. She shared rental prices, room sizes and any contract agreements for businesses that were renting rooms at the center at the time. Beasley said on March 6 that she has not renewed any contract or rental agreements since the beginning of the year so she could speak with the council about rental usage of the center.

Classrooms range from 532 sq. ft. in size to 704 sq. ft. Rental prices for the room ranged from $60 per month to $100 per month, according to Beasley, who also said the rooms were available for rental when they were not being used by the businesses.

During its work session on Monday, July 15, Stayton brought recreation center rental agreements before the council. City Clerk Angelia Filmore also reminded the council of points made in previous discussions, like rental prices based room size.

Council member Scott Moore said charging rental fees based on the size of the room “is kind of the norm.”

“But, I’d like to think of it also kind of like an incubator, too, that we don’t need to be competitive with (other real estate prices),” he said. “We can be lower than the real estate out here.”

“We’ve also said they’re not all incubator businesses down there,” Council member Jo Reese said.

Filmore said the summer program has ended for the start of the school year, and other businesses are still located at the recreation center. As of Friday, July 19, Beasley confirmed three businesses still rent rooms at the center. Stayton said another martial arts class is also considering holding classes at the recreation center.

“I think a starting point would be whichever one’s paying the most per square foot right now, I would look at whatever that number is as long as we’re still lower than anything out here,” Moore said on July 15. “That seems the fairest way to go. Just work backwards from there, get your price per square foot.”

Reese said the council should also check that current rental fees are also appropriate for the size of the room being used.

The council discussed other possible additions to rental agreements, including a one-year rental limit per contract with rental prices being subject to review at the end of the contract.

Reese also suggested that the contract should also include information about changes made to the room rented and a required deposit. Moore said the city should check on deposit regulations for renting a room the recreation center.

“The past is in the past,” Reese said about the rental agreements. “We’re setting something to go forward, to be clear and fair and to keep up with how things are going.”

In other business, the council once again tabled a concession stand project for Culpepper Park. Changes are still being completed to the bid request before it can be advertised.

The council also tabled action on a municipal flag. The council was presented flag design templates during the July 2 work session, though no prices were provided. Council member Bobby Hardrick said he liked the city’s logo and color scheme, statements he echoed during the July 15 work session.

Stayton said he would try to create several flag options for the council using the city’s logo to be presented at the next work session.

Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kecia Ham announced upcoming events for the city during her comments on July 16.

Ham said the chamber is holding a school supply drive, which will end on Thursday, July 31. Supplies can be dropped off at four locations: the chamber office, Evolution Nutrition, StatMed and Enterprise Insurance Services in Daleville.

“We’ll pick up the supplies on Aug. 1 and split them up between the schools,” she said.

Ham said AAAA Aviation Center Chapter is holding a scholarship foundation fund drive at Fort Rucker on July 23, and the chamber will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25 to celebrate its partnership with Southeast Alabama Works.

Ham said the first day of school for Daleville City Schools is Monday, Aug. 5, and National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

For more information about chamber events, call the chamber at (334) 598-6331.

The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at City Hall.

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