Hope City Board meets on light agenda Tuesday

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
On a light agenda Tuesday night, the Hope City Board of Directors approved a working rental policy for the new downtown Pavilion as well as two other measures in a meeting lasting less than 30 minutes.
The main topic of the evening was the anticipated unveiling of rental rates and policies for the new Hope Downtown Pavilion, opening in a couple of weeks.
As presented by City Manager Catherine Cook, the city’s Parks and Recreation Dept. had worked in concert with the Hope Tourism Commission to develop the policies, which unveiled included:
• Park Pavilion will be provided to the Farmer’s Market free of charge on Tuesday morning from 7 a.m. to 12 Noon from May to September.
• Park Pavilion will be available for downtown public events at various times through the year, such as Chamber of Commerce events, Hope Downtown Network events, Southwest Arkansas Arts Council events, and similar.
• The Park Pavilion will be available for rental to other parties for $25/half day, $50/full day, with $75 deposit fully refundable.
• Tables and chairs will not be provided.
• There will be no parking allowed on the green space. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
• The Park Pavilion will be available for rental from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cook labeled the measures as a “Start-up policy,” saying “People are asking to rent it right now.” She emphasized that adjustments could be made as necessary.
Two adjustments made Tuesday night considered a non-profit rate and the 10 p.m. closing time. Board member Don Still said that any event in the Pavilion running past 10 p.m. should have board approval. Both adjustments were approved.
In two other measures of city board business Tuesday:
• The board approved a $500 lease at the airport for New Millennium, to replace an expiring lease by Old Castle for the same amount.
• The board also approved the sale of a surplus 1995 International 4000 dump truck formerly used by the landfill for $2,000.

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