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East Spencer plans to implement facility fees, protocol

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

EAST SPENCER — The town has been getting more requests for rental use of its facilities, particularly Royal Giants Park, but currently there is no formal rental fee or protocol in place, Town Administrator David Jaynes said.

“As of now, there has not been an established or up-to-date fee schedule for using municipal facilities. We are getting more requests and need to get something in place,” Jaynes said.

The board will discuss this and other issues at a Tuesday special meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at town hall, 105 S. Long St.

He said the board will also need to set up protocols as it pertains to security for large crowds. Currently, officers with the East Spencer Police Department patrols the park area, but the board is looking more toward required security for large events.

Jaynes said they’ve been looking at neighboring towns.

The town will also create an internal calendar for the staff, department heads and aldermen so they can know if, when and who rents the park or other facility.

Jaynes said they are trying to make it so everyone in the town structure can see what’s going on and be cognizant of events.

The board is also looking at updating its telephone system, and to do that they will have to possibly sign a new four-year contract. Most contracts have to be approved by the board.

The town received its USDA Housing Preservation Grant but needs the board’s approval to formally accept the grant. The grant will provide assistance to low-income homeowners to make needed improvements to their homes. The $75,000 grant will provide rehab for six to nine houses.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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