HOULKA – The Houlka Board of Aldermen heard a request from an entertainment promoter on the use of the community house in Ross Young Park at their Aug. 6 meeting.
Joanne Reel addressed the board about gospel singings and benefits she has produced for which tickets were sold and admission fees charged. Reel said the last time one of her groups came by the Mayor’s Office to rent the building, they were given a list of rules that stated no admission fees could be charged.
“If we cannot charge, all of our productions would have to be cancelled,” Reel said, adding the singing groups draw crowds to town and former boards allowed them to charge admission for events.
“Why would you take away something that benefits your town?” Reel said.
Board Attorney Jimmy Hood said the original agreement under which the community center and park were built involved a federal grant and stipulated no admission fees could be charged.
Mayor Jimmy Kelly advised the board to table the issue until they could research the original agreement in the minutes fully, but added he did not see any changes in the agreement forthcoming.
The board took no action on the matter and told Reel they would contact her when they do.
The agreement is binding on the community house and Ross Young Park only and does not include the baseball and softball fields which are managed by the Park commission.
In other matters, the board
n Swore in Janie Tutor as Deputy Clerk
n Heard from Ray Laney who wants to set up a plan to recoup old fines. Laney wants to send letters to residents who owe old fines and pick them up after a two-week waiting period. Laney will check with City Judge Garry Turner about protocol and procedure to implement the plan.
n Named David Wiggs as Vice-Mayor