Pell City Council approves rental rate schedule for City Center

The Pell City Council on Monday approved a new rental rate schedule for the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts. The Pell City Board of Education will consider the rate schedule at its meeting Tuesday. 

PELL CITY -- The council Monday approved a new rate schedule for the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts.

Jeff Thompson, the new CEPA director, said Monday a rate structure was established to create opportunities for smaller groups.

“Rental prices have been reduced in all categories to encourage use,” Thompson said in his letter addressed to the mayor and council.

Thompson said the reduction in rental fee is substantial.

According to a new management agreement between the municipality, school system and the CEPA Board, rates must be established annually and approved by the City Council and school board, Thompson said.

Thompson said the Pell City school board will consider the rate structure during its meeting Tuesday night.

He said money raised from the rental rates is used to help maintain the Pell City Center facility, which has a state-of-the-art theater that will seat 400 people and a gymnasium that will seat 1,700 and an additional 460 on the gym floor.

A $120 cleaning fee is now required for all rentals.

People can rent all or different sections of the $8.5 million facility.

Rates range from $100-$900, depending on a half-day to full-day rental, and the section selected by the renter: gymnasium and lobby, theater and lobby, or lobby only. Rates also vary whether the event is for profit or just an individual, or if it is a nonprofit organization holding the event.

City government events are held at the CEPA building for free.

There are other stipulations, such as deposits, when renting part or all of the building. For more details, go to pellcitycepa.com.

In other matters Monday night, the council accepted Sonia Dale’s withdrawal from the runoff election for the school board District 5 race and declared incumbent Jeff Jones duly elected to that seat. There will not be a runoff election in Pell City Oct. 4.

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