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Rental fees may go up at CVIC Hall

by Sheila Gardner

The historic CVIC Hall – upgraded and updated – will begin the millennium with higher rental fees designed to maintain changes to the building and emphasize its importance to the town of Minden.

Town board members approved the first reading of the new rates Wednesday night. A second hearing is scheduled Jan. 5.

“These won’t be a problem for responsible people,” said town board member Bob Hadfield. “If people are going to use the facility, they are going to have to pay for it. Maybe people will treat it with more respect.”

Under the new schedule, rental of the 4,500-square-foot hall will cost $40 per hour instead of $25. The day rate – from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – will be increased from $12.50 an hour to $20.

Groups will be charged $100 to use the kitchen. The rate currently is $25 for cooking and no charge for warming food and serving from the kitchen.

“We do have the ability to waive special circumstances,” said Hadfield.

Board members also raised the security deposit from $300 to $400. That money is returned within 30 days of the event if no extra charges are applied to the renters.

Town office manager Sheila Byington said current rates are six to 10 years old.

The town recently completed an $800,000, 4,400-square-foot addition to the historic CVIC Hall, which includes brand-new kitchen facilities, restrooms and handicapped access.

Board members also discussed strengthening consequences if renters violate building policies such as smoking or serving alcohol to minors, including shutting down the event or notifying the sheriff’s department.

All renters must sign a contract which spells out regulations when the hall is rented.

The hall, with its central Carson Valley location in downtown Minden, has been the site of social events such as weddings, dinners, club functions and dances since it opened in 1912.

“These rates are still very reasonable,” said Hadfield. “When you get a large number of people here, there is a lot of wear and tear.”