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Hobart Park Board discusses new permit rules

HOBART — The Park Board on Monday discussed rental agreements for the Festival Park Community Center, including a new required bartender permit and whether the rental fee itself should entitle users access to everything in the kitchen.

Parks Supt. John Mitchell said under new state rules anyone serving alcohol while renting the building on Old Ridge Road will need to fill out a form and send it to Indianapolis, along with $50 for a one-day permit. Plus, they will need to hire a licensed bartender.

“The state wants someone who is certified to serve the alcohol. They want someone who knows the rules and who knows when to cut someone off, if needed,” Mitchell said.

He said in most instances renters will need to hire one of two bartenders retained by the city at a flat rate of $50.

Park Board president Charlotte Sills said several people have told her it looks “tacky” for the city to have locks on all the doors and drawers in the kitchen, and she agrees.

“If you’re renting the hall, you should have the appropriate tools to work with,” Sills said.

Mitchell said every renter must sign a form that lists all items that are included with the rental. He added if the board decided to take the locks off the drawers, he would empty them.

“If the item isn’t locked down or chained down, they’ll take it,” Mitchell said. “I’ve had a picnic table disappear.”

No decision was made by the board on the matter.

Mitchell also said work on the bathrooms at Robinson Lake Park will be completed this week, and the city’s first community garden opened on Monday with three-quarters of the lots sold.

Laura Springman, a member of the Friends of Robinson Lake, thanked the board for getting the bathrooms in working order.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Springman said.

In other matters, Lori Gallagher received approval to once again operate a hot dog cart, Hoosier Doggie, at Pennsy parking lot this summer. Gallagher said she had taken a couple years off due to illness.



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