City Council hikes Mendon Station rental charges

MENDON — When the Mendon Station was built on Main Street of this little city, none of the council members or residents could have guessed how popular the building would be as a rentable venue.Council members discussed the change in rental charges as well as terms of use by both residents and non-residents Thursday night in the very building under discussion.The reason for the in-depth discussion about the Station is fairly simple: the misuse of a well-liked city building that has plenty of money spent on its upkeep, according to Councilman Mike Carlson.”It’s amazing the phone calls that we get. I’ve worked this building for 11 years, and when some people call, I will be honest, they are plain snots,” said City Clerk Daphne Carlson. “They think they own it. There was somebody who wanted to come in and take the pictures down for their wedding.”Between weddings and family reunions, the building takes a regular beating and many members of the council believe raises in rental charges are past due. For a four-hour period to simply rent out the building the price is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. For receptions the building rental is $250 for residents and $350 for non-residents.Many of the council members were strongly in agreement with raising the prices steeply. Discussion included the fact that most reception centers charge hundreds more than what is charged for the building.Another problem that was discussed was how to charge, or know to charge, when there is damage sustained in the building. “We don’t have the means to turn around and inspect every time someone leaves,” Carlson said. “How can we know when the floor has been scratched up, how do we know if the speakers have been damaged, how do we know if the refrigerator door has been left open?”One significant amount of damage that has taken place in the building was the tearing up of the floor. “I turn around and spend over $1,000 to have them come in and refinish this floor and within two days a family party comes in and they scratch the living heck out of it,” Carlson said. “They paid $50, they paid no deposit, and they’re gone.””We have no recourse, we have no way to even touch it up,” Carlson said. “$50 will barely make a phone call!”

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