News and notes

Jan. 29, 2013

Panel seeks mid-course

for stadium, field rentals

Greenfield - With rental fees potentially being much higher for the new Whitnall High School stadium, the School Board Finance and Facilities Committee started work last week on how to make the new fees attractive enough to make the schools some money and still be fair.

The highest potential rental fee of $552 for the first four hours and $500 after that would be for profit-making athletic organizations that want to rent the stadium.

But the committee also is thinking about groups such as parochial schools that don't have running tracks or athletic fields and want to use the Whitnall track or fields a couple times a week. Charging them more than $1,000 a week would not be reasonable, the committee said.

The committee will try to find a middle ground with fees structured for each of five types of users.

Under the old policy, groups could rent just about any outdoor school athletic facility for $35. Despite the comparatively low price, there was very little interest, said Matt Karshna, buildings and grounds supervisor.

Even at more than $1,000 for an eight-hour athletic event, the proposed rental would be about the middle of the road in terms of what stadiums are rented for, he said.

The fees also would be higher for the baseball and softball fields, which also are new. A top fee of $150 is proposed, compared with the current $35.

The committee will talk again at its February meeting about fees for the various types of users. Full School Board approval isn't expected until March.

Library to close

for Super Bowl Sunday

Greenfield - Because Feb. 3 is Super Bowl Sunday, the day when the Greenfield Public Library is normally all but deserted every year, the library will be closed that day.

The Library Board approved the closure in November as part of its 2013 calendar approval.

As a side benefit, being closed on Super Bowl Sunday will enable the staff to enjoy Super Bowl parties and get-togethers, said Sheila O'Brien, director of the library, at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The library's automated exterior book drop/check-in services and the web page will continue to be available.

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