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Taylor Mill Considers Higher Fees for Pride Park Event Center

 

The City of Taylor Mill should charge more for the rental of its community center at Pride Park, a city commissioner argued on Wednesday.

First-term commissioner Caroline Braden presented a slideshow about the property, noting that it operates on a $3,000 annual deficit. She said she doesn't want the center to make a profit, but said that it should at least break even.

The center is also in need of repairs, such as a new roof and flooring. There is a new parking lot but it needs continued maintenance, she said.

According to Braden's presentation, 37 of the 97 rentals of the center were discounted, which doesn't help the costs of operation, since the public works department still cleans up after events. 

Braden compared Park Place, the center's name, to the City of Edgewood's White House event center in Presidents Park. Park Place seats 105 people while White House seats only 60, but Park Place costs $300 to rent on weekends while White House can cost between $350 and $450, she said. During the week, Park Place rents for $225 while White House costs $250. 

Braden's recommendations were to increase the cost of the rentals and decrease the amount of discounts. The deposit would have to be increased also, she said. She would like to increase the marketing, and to use the city website for promotions.

Mayor Dan Bell wanted the city commission to vote on five items related to the center: higher fees on holidays, a higher deposit, a checklist for cleaning, charging the same of employees as residents, and closing the center all holiday eves. 

Most on the city commission thought the decision was being made too quickly so Bell and the others agreed to study the issue further and develop a list of rules for consideration at the next meeting in July.

In other business, the city commission decided that it would continue to meet monthly at 7 p.m., rather than adjusting its start time. The city had asked for feedback on proposed earlier times, such as 6:30 p.m., but most of the responses encouraged the status quo.

Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Ismael, Captain Chad Huth, Firefighter/Paramedic  Rodney McKibben, and Firefighter/Paramedic Conner East from the Taylor Mill Fire Department, were honored at the meeting for helping to deliver twins in the early morning hours of May 2. Conner East cut the cord of baby number one, and placed him in his dad's arms, while the second baby was delivered and given to his mother. Everyone was safely transported to St. Elizabeth hospital. The firefighter/EMTs were all given Stork Pins, specially changed to include two babies instead of one.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor