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Ripon council sets rates for Stouffer Hall rental

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POSTED January 21, 2013 11:57 p.m.

The recently renovated Stouffer Hall is ready for rental.

Ideal for family reunions, small weddings or a meeting place, the one-time museum at Mavis Stouffer Park had work conducted during the past year. Included was the installation of an additional restroom, minor handicap accessibility, and new cabinets and sinks, to name a few, conducted in three phases by the City of Ripon Public Works Department.

Setting the rental rates was finally established last week by the Ripon City Council.

The only change came with the local non-profit rate, where Councilman Leo Zuber wanted some consistency. At the previous meeting, he requested from staff clarity in the language regarding cost.

“My concern was not to discourage people from coming to council if they wanted to talk about an exception (or waiver),” he said back then.

Zuber added: “The rates should be established – the problem might stop (with staff) with new language.”

City Engineer Kevin Werner came back with a revised rental package for Stouffer Hall based on comparison to that of similar rental halls in the area.

“Once Stouffer Hall begins to be rented for events, staff will monitor the cost of maintenance and operations to compare the revenue collected on an annual basis,” he said.

The rental agreements also included the Ripon Community Hall.

The only change made by council was the Ripon non-profit rate for Monday through Thursday, going down from $125 to $112.50 for Stouffer Hall. Each additional day from there will also be $112.50.

Non-residents would have to fork out $450 per day for the weekday rate and $225 for each additional day while Ripon residents would be charged $225 per day during the same span and $112.50 per each additional day.

Ripon resident, for weekends – Friday, Saturday or Sunday – would be charged $450 per day and $225 for each additional day. The non-resident cost here would be $900 a day and $450 as the tack-on rate.

The Ripon non-profit rate during this span was established as $225 per day and $225 for each day after.

Incidentally, the local non-profits included American Legion, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, Marissa’s Closet, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the various Ripon Unified endeavors, to name a few.

The 2013 rates for the Ripon Community Hall had non-profits paying $205 per day on Monday through Friday ($205 per each additional day), and $560 per day on weekends and the same for any additional day.

Ripon residents would dole out $410 per weekday ($205 for an additional day) and $1,120 per weekend ($560 per any additional day).

Cost for non-residents is $830 per day on weekday ($415 for each additional day) and $2,130 per day on weekend ($1,065 per day additional).

In addition, general liability insurance is required for all events at the user’s expense.

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