The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 14, 2013

Oak Hill council firms up amphitheater details

Now that their new downtown amphitheater is up, the City of Oak Hill is taking steps to get it running.

At a council meeting on Monday night, members considered and eventually passed a rental contract for those who want to make use of the facility.

The policy, modeled after one from the City of Clarksburg, establishes different rates for non-profits ($50 per hour for a 4-hour minimum) and for-profits ($100 per hour for a 4-hour minimum).

City manager Bill Hannabass says the $400 for-profit minimum charge could produce some “sticker shock.”

“But when you add in the administrative time, cleaning up after the event, and all the factors involved, it’s not a bad deal,” he said.

A $100 security deposit will be charged, plus a $50 per officer fee for providing town police to act as security. Applications must be submitted within 60 days of the use.

Council discussed what would be included in the $400 rental fee, especially as it relates to peripheral vendors. Authority was given to the Amphitheater Commission to establish rates for vendors.

Bids for a lighting system for the town’s new amphitheater were reviewed. Hannabass prefaced the bid announcements by saying that it’s a design and build project, and so the bids would probably vary greatly. The bids ranged in price from $12,953 to $20,976.

The council referred the matter to the Amphitheater Commission, which will study the bids and make a recommendation to council about how to proceed.

A sound system was also put out to bid, attracting proposals ranging from $6,980 to $28,500. The commission is looking for a basic system for one person talking or singing, not a complete set-up for bands, said a representative from the commission who attended the council meeting.

Fundraising for both systems is in the works.

Council received preliminary information about building a restroom facility and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant ramp to serve the City Park and White Oak Rail Trail.

Hannabass showed pictures of toilet designs from a variety of angles. Council discussed how to best avoid vandalism on such a facility. It would be located along the White Oak Rail Trail on Park Drive/Bibb Street, where a storage facility currently sits.

A wheelchair ramp in the same area would ease access from City Park to the trail.

“They definitely are needed,” said council member Tom Oxley.

A $46,750 paving bid from SMH Construction to resurface a concrete area in front of the fire department was rejected for being over budget. It will be re-advertised.

Council tabled two appointments to the Beautification Commission and a request for a contribution by the Mountain Transit Authority.

—Email: cmoore@register-herald.com

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