LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The Little Mountain Town Council plans to hold a special meeting on Aug. 29 to further discuss renting out the Section House. The current occupants, Tears of Joy, will be moving out of the building on Oct. 1.
“The knitting club, Shawl Ministry, was interested in renting the Section House. I told them they would have to pay rent,” said Mayor Jana Jayroe. “We can either find another renter, that is a business, or we can offer it to them ministry, but they will have to pay, I would like rent and utilities.”
The Ministry previously set up shop at the Senior Center, but construction on that building will soon take place as part of the Capital Project Sales Tax. Jayroe said that the Ministry understands that they cannot return to that building because their stuff will be damaged.
“There is just no place to set up a quilt and never have it taken down. You cannot quilt if you have to take it down all the time. So they are looking for a permanent place to go,” she said.
A few ideas were thrown out about having them pay both rent and utilities or possibly just utilities. Councilman Marty Frick said he did not know if they need to let them have the building for the cost of utilities permanently. Jayroe said they could also re-evaluate after a certain amount of time as well.
“The only thing that I am worried about is setting a precedent which is why I would like for them to pay rent, because they are a private religious club, and we are a municipality and it is a municipality owned building. So if they want to rent it and pay utilities, and y’all think it is okay, it is fine with me. We just have to remember we are opening the door,” she said.
Frick added that depending on how the write it up, they could manage that.
In other business, Council feels that the Little Mountain Reunion was a success. Jayroe said that she heard nothing but good things during the reunion, and that everything went smoothly.
“I was pleased with everything. The food vendors I talked to seemed pretty happy, several were ready to sign up for next year already,” he said.
Councilman Charles Shealy said that a special thanks should go to the electrician that came to do some work and that he did a great job, as did Jacob Shealy and all the work he did prior.
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