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Fee rates for Stouffer Hall to get revamped

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POSTED December 20, 2012 12:48 a.m.

RIPON – One size may not necessary fit all when it comes to renting a facility in town.

So says the Ripon City Council at Tuesday’s meeting the involving rental fee scale for the newly remodeled Stouffer Hall.

Councilman Leo Zuber, for one, was concerned about changes that he and his colleagues are allowed to make – that’s based on something going bad – even after the rental agreement is signed.

“I’m not sure I want to be involved in that decision,” he said.

Dean Uecker agreed. “It puts us in a bad position – I’d like to see the fees set in stone,” he said.

Council voted unanimously to continue looking at the rental scale at Stouffer Hall, 1000 N. Manley Road, once the fee rates are revamped.

As it stands, one-day rental fees for a Ripon resident is $225 per day, Mondays through Thursdays, $450 on weekends.

Non residents are essentially charged double.

Non-profits – included are pre-approved organizations such as American Legion, VFW and other service clubs – would be charged $125 on weekdays and $225 on weekends.

Director of Public Works Ted Johnston indicated the fee schedule for Stouffer Hall, formerly the Clarence Smit Museum, was based on rental scale for the Community Center.

“Once the revamped rates are in place, we’re hoping to begin the process of renting out the hall,” he said.

Zuber, meanwhile, hopes the clarification on the new rental rates will deter groups from approaching council to request changes.

“My concern is not to discourage (people from renting) but for us to have established rates,” he said.

The changes could be ready in time for next month’s council meeting.

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