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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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jasonreager

Mar-12-13 4:43 AM

Elzer is hellbent on costing that village revenue, WHY? Maybe the levies should be voted down next time and let him and his chamber foot the bill!

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EPWatch

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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EPWatch

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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eyeswideopen

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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STofit

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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EPWatch

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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eyeswideopen

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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kreeves

Mar-12-13 3:46 PM

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jasonreager

Mar-12-13 3:48 PM

Fact is Elzer and Wissner are President and Vice President of the Chamber, this infact is the whole thing in a nutshell. Elzer wants a select few to have access free of charge over a paying renter at any given date. This is totally wrong and unethical. He needs to resign his council prosition along with Wissner for even trying this manuever. He was called on the carpet by a resident about this and the motion was found to be illegal. He is not acting in the best interest of the town, nor is Wissner who is often seen texting during the meetings I am told!

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kreeves

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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jasonreager

Mar-12-13 6:05 PM

kreeves:

I totally agree. This could result in voter failure of both park levies, the street levy and both the fire and police levies. They are NOT looking at the total picture. Should not both members be looking for ways to increase monies and not lose them? See this is as you said, personal agendas and only for the benefit of the Chamber of Commerce. This is nothing more than a conflict of interest and I believe there are several OHIO STATE LAWS that condem this practice of using your elected position for personal or private gain.

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