The Crawford Town Council reset room rates for the newly-remodeled town hall after local organizations complained that they were no longer affordable.
"They came up at our last board meeting," said Keith Nichols, a Fruitland Domestic Water Company board member. The company pays yearly for rental of the small classroom and Nichols stopped in to talk with trustees at the Oct. 21 town work session. The company has paid $15 per month for many years.
Nichols said members were concerned they would be priced out of a meeting space and were considering their options, including churches and homes. "We like meeting here," said Nichols. "It's a nice easy place to be."
"I have the opinion we ought to keep them back in the way they were in the old days," said mayor Susie Steckel, "as it is community."
"I agree very much so, because those were reasonable," said trustee Hetty Todd. "Everybody in the community helped us with (the remodeling of) this place and we need to enjoy it and not let it sit up there empty."
The new/old daily rates will now be as follows: Council room, $25; community room, $35; historical classroom, $20; cleaning/key deposit, $50; chair deposit (for offsite use), $25; table deposit (for offsite use), $80; wireless Internet access, $5 per meeting; park/theater, $20.
The small classroom is currently occupied by the American Legion.
While rental of the commercial kitchen remains at $10/day, remodeling efforts are ongoing. "We're going to have to up the price on the kitchen because it's going to be a commercial kitchen," said Steckel. The facility should be available for use in about a month, but may not be ready for Thanksgiving.
Trustees spent the remaining two hours of the meeting discussing the countywide broadband Internet access project and how to budget for the estimated $60,000 the project will cost the town. Trustees are expected to vote on funding at the Nov. 4 meeting. Trustees also went line by line through the 2016 draft budget. The budget is expected to be passed in mid-December.