Greenwood City Council approved a new fee schedule at their regular meeting Monday for the use of tents, stages, tables, chairs and other city-owned amenities in the Uptown Greenwood area.
Assistant city manager Julie Wilkie said the fees were necessary to help reduce staff time setting up unnecessary amenities for events.
“We want people to have events in the Uptown (Greenwood), but we also want the requests for services and equipment to be reasonable so as not to put unnecessary strain on personnel,” Wilkie said. “The City has to bring in staff after hours and on the weekends to set up for these events. Often times, we have to pay overtime to those employees. The more (amenities) people ask for, the more staff we have to utilize to set up. We do not want to deter Uptown events, we only want to minimize the amount of staff time involved in set up and breakdown.”
Wilkie note that it takes two people to set up a 10 foot by 10 foot tent, four people to set up a 10foot by 20 foot tent and a minimum of four people to set up the stage. The majority of those employees are coming on after their normal working hours or on their days off to set up the various amenities.
The new fee schedule is as follows:
· 10x10 tent - $15
· 10x20 tent - $25
· 12x16 stage - $100
· 12x24 stage - $125
· 20x24 stage - $150
· Tables - $5 a piece (the first 5 are free)
· Chairs – No Charge
· There is also a fee that pertains to police presence at events. If the Greenwood Police Department determines that officers are required for an event, the coordinator will be required to pay for off duty officers at a rate of $25 per hour. As requested by Council, the Greenwood Police Department has developed a written document outlining how they will determine the number of officers required (if any).
Council passed the new fee schedule by a 6-1 vote, with councilwoman Betty Boles dissenting.