Brundidge ups rental fees, requires security guards

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

A new rental policy for Brundidge Station increases rental fees and requires licensed security for nighttime events.

The Brundidge City Council approved the changes on Tuesday.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said council members were given the opportunity to review the Brundidge Station rental policy and suggest, in writing, changes they felt were needed.

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Council Members Margaret Ross, District 3, and Cynthia Pearson, District 4, were the only members who made suggestions. Thomas said Ross and Pearson met and came to an agreement on proposed changes to the rental policy.

The proposed changes that were put before the council for vote included an increase in the rental free from $100 a day with a $50 refundable deposit to $200 a day with a $100 refundable deposit.

The lessee must have the building cleaned, if marked on the application, and out of the building by midnight, 12: a.m.

The lessee must provide security or an off-duty police officer at lessee’s expense if the event is between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12 a.m.

As referenced at item No. 10 on the rental policy, no concession sales or admission charges, to include pre-sold tickets, are allowed to be collected on the premises of Brundidge Station at any time.

The changes to the Brundidge Station rental policy will go into effect January 1, 2017.

In other business, the council considered a request for a zoning change for the Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity property on John Street from single dwelling to multi-family dwelling.

The request had been denied by the city’s planning commission. The council tabled the request.

Vicki Pritchett, executive director of the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy, addressed the council to express appreciation for the council’s support of the Johnson Center and the arts in Pike County.

Pritchett told the council that the Johnson Center brings quality exhibits to Troy and Pike County and admission to the cultural arts center is free. She said the center is always looking for local artists to exhibit. Artists who have a body of work that consists of 50 or more pieces will be considered as featured artist by a committee.

In other business, the council voted to increase the number of poll workers by two for the upcoming mayor’s runoff election on Oct. 9.

The council amended the minutes of the council’s Aug. 16 meeting to include three votes cast for Isabell Boyd in the August mayoral election. The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.