Hobart officials to revisit rental policies at city complex

2013-02-13T21:30:00Z 2013-02-20T21:34:04Z Hobart officials to revisit rental policies at city complexDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The City Council has agreed to revisit the rental policy at the Police, Court and Community Complex following discussion last week.

Mayor Brian Snedecor said some issues have surfaced. City employees want to use the gym at no cost and nonprofits and school groups want to use the facilities at reduced rates.

"It's a little bit of a balancing act. I understand taxpayers paid to renovate the building, and I knew when we did a fee structure that at some point we would need to revisit it," Snedecor said.

The Police, Court and Community Complex, 705 E. Fourth St., opened April 29, 2011.

"As more people are using the center, we're finding more things we didn't think about," said City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th.

Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said she receives numerous requests from groups wanting to use rooms in the center for just an hour instead of the half or full day as allowed under the current policy.

Longer and Snedecor said they also have had complaints about those who rent the facility leaving lights on in the gymnasium and rooms a mess.

Other groups are using the rooms without reserving the space ahead of time.

Longer said the rental policy ordinance, as it now stands, is due for some revamping.

"We're trying to follow the ordinance as it is now in place. We're doing the best we can," Longer said.

Snedecor said a police officer has volunteered to oversee a gym night for fellow officers and other city employees.

It's something Snedecor said he'd like the consider.

City Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said he likes that idea because it promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle for employees.

"We could get some teams formed from the different departments," Maggio said.

Currently, the fee for renting the gym, concession area and lobby is $200 for a nine-hour day and $125 for a half day with a $250 refundable deposit, officials said.

Renting the lobby and concession area costs a flat rate of $40 on weekdays and $60 on weekends and holidays.

Rental of large meeting rooms costs $75 for a full day and $50 for a half day, officials said.

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