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Thorsby sets new rental fees for park pavilion

Those wanting to rent the pavilion at Thorsby’s Richard Wood Park will have to pay a new hourly fee instead the former flat rate.

The Town Council approved a new fee structure at a regular meeting Monday.

Renting the pavilion will cost $15 an hour for Thorsby water customers and $20 an hour for non-customers.

Formerly, the pavilion was rented for a flat fee of $20 no matter how long it was used.

Renters will also have to fill out and sign a new rental agreement that details rules about use of the pavilion.

In other business, the council:

•Announced that entry forms for the town’s annual Christmas parade are available at Town Hall, located at 21060 U.S. Highway 31 in Thorsby.

•Changed the yard sale permit fee to $5, which would cover a two-day sale. Formerly, the fee was $1 per day.

•Heard from Police Chief Rodney Barnett that one of the town’s police cruisers was in need of service, but the work may be covered under warranty since the vehicle has only 22,000 miles.

•Approved Casey Knox as a reserve officer at Barnett’s recommendation. Knox, 33, is a Thorsby resident, Barnett said.

•Heard from Public Works Director Terry Jackson that town workers recently dealt with multiple water leaks along Summit Street.

•Recommended Jackson run a background check on an applicant for an open position in his department, in compliance with standard hiring procedure.

•Heard from Town Clerk Crystal Smith that a resolution for the town to accept ownership of Kristin Lane would be ready for review at the next regular meeting, on Dec. 7.

•Tabled a decision about a donation to the Thorsby High School varsity softball program. The Council donated $900 for the purchase of artificial turf to be installed in a planned batting cage area at the varsity field, which is owned by the town. However, the turf manufacturer returned the check because the turf requested was not available. Coach Leighsa Robinson asked if another check could be issued to be used to purchase needed equipment, but Council members had concerns about what exactly the money would be used for and its use for equipment and not improvements to the town-owned field. Smith said she would contact Robinson about attending a future meeting to discuss the situation.

•Approved payment of appropriate bills with any necessary transfer of funds.