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Park rental fees still the talk of the town

March 12, 2013

EAST PALESTINE — The possible removal of rental fees for non-profit organizations using the community center is creating quite a stir in the communit....

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Mar-12-13 5:25 PM

Elzer and Wisser should have enough commmon sense to disqualify themselves from any vote on this issue. If not a conflict of interest, this issue certainly reeks of a personal agenda. There should never be a case where personal interests should outweigh the interests of the public for the sake of special interest groups. It seems much too easy for Elzer and Wisser to give away revenues when the city's financial health is poor at best. The potential loss in voter confidence could prove to be even more costly than $2000.

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Mar-12-13 3:46 PM

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Mar-12-13 3:39 PM

Weekends are usually the busiest time for the community center to be rented. I believe Mr. Elzer wants to let non profits have access to the center even ahead of paying customer's.

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Mar-12-13 11:52 AM

The problem is, as I see it, there are not "lots of rentals at other times." From what I've heard, the park on the whole has been losing money now from year to year and the earnings at the community center are down. So at the same time they are saying they need to figure out ways to make more money over there, Elzer wants to give one of the places away for free. And my guess would be evenings and weekends, especially in the summer, is when most of the rental money comes in.

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Mar-12-13 9:59 AM

"Removing the fees would only be for evening and weekend rentals."

And I am sure that there are lots of rentals at other times.

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Mar-12-13 9:41 AM

Let's not forget that another council member and member of the chamber also rents from Elzer. There are two votes!

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Mar-12-13 9:36 AM

Just so everyone knows, by the way, this has virtually no chance of passing, I don't think. From what I've seen and read so far the following council members are against it: Tyger, Beagle, Cohen, and Figley. The only two who are in favor of it are Elzer and Wisser, president and vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, of course. They want to make the community center their own private meeting place.

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Mar-12-13 7:42 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Elzer's self-interest in this, as president of the Chamber of Commerce, is obvious and borders on being illegal. It is at least very unethical. He's trying to vote himself free use of the community center. Are people blind? He is urging council to do something that takes money from the town, but benefits his Chamber directly. I wouldn't blame the people if they voted against the levy next time, if this crazy idea passes. Why give them our money if they just throw it away? A slap in the face.

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