BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Delano city officials expect many area individuals to be interested in renting the Central Park concession building that is currently being constructed.
“Through discussions Nick Neaton and I have had, we think kitchen will be well-used. Many producers are looking to use this space,” administrative intern Justin Markon told the city council Monday, referencing the building as a community kitchen for individuals to use for commercial food preparation.
For that reason, the city is offering to rent the kitchen for $20 an hour for such food preparation, provided that those renting the facility have the appropriate insurance.
In addition, there are four categories of facility users.
Category one is for city of Delano and Delano Public Schools functions, which will incur no fee or deposit.
Category two is for nonprofit organizations and community groups comprised of at least 75 percent Delano residents for organization activities other than fundraising. For that category, $50 will be charged for one section for six hours or less, $75 for two sections for six hours or less, $100 for a day rental of one section, $125 for a day rental of two sections, a $25 kitchen fee, and a $250 damage deposit.
Category three includes the following groups:
• All other nonprofit organizations or community groups that are not fundraising
• Local nonprofit organizations and community groups that are conducting fundraising
• Delano residents using the facility for individual or private use
• Delano-based businesses, for-profit groups, and private agencies for private use
For those users, all fees will be $25 more, while the $250 damage deposit will remain.
Category four includes:
• Nonlocal nonprofit organizations or community groups conducting fundraising
• Nonlocal residents for individual or private use
• Nonlocal businesses, for-profit groups, and private agencies for private use
Fees for those groups will be $125, $150, $150, $200, and $50, respectively, with a $250 damage deposit.
Groups may rent the splash pad and concession building for private use from 10 a.m. to noon daily. Rental rates are as follows:
• $60 for up to 25 users for one section
• $100 for 26 to 50 users for two sections
• $140 for 51 or more users for the entire building
• $25 optional kitchen fee available
The splash pad and concession building may host up to three parties at once. Users wanting to rent the area exclusively will be charged $140.
The concession building will be available, generally, from dawn to dusk, while the splash pad will be available noon to 8 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Rental of the concession building does not include splash pad passes.
Alcohol will not be allowed in the building without a liquor license.
Mayor Dale Graunke, Councilwoman Betsy Stolfa, and Councilman Jon Sutherland discussed the fees briefly. Councilman Jason Franzen and Councilwoman Holly Schrupp were absent.
Sutherland asked if producers could receive a discount for renting the kitchen for an entire day, rather than $20 per hour, but Markon said the city will charge the hourly rate after reviewing what other cities with similar facilities charge.
Stolfa asked if chairs and/or tables would be available, and Markon said 60 to 70 chairs would be purchased for the facility, along with accompanying tables.
Graunke noted the third section of the building does not have a door separating it from the adjacent section. Markon noted a curtain will divide the sections.
All fees were approved as presented.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved increases to consulting rates for city engineer firm Wenck Engineering and city attorney firm Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson, and Nilan Law Firm. Wenck requested rate increases of $1 to $3 per hour, depending on the position, and increase of about 2 percent in the billable rate. GRJN requested a $10 rate increase to $185 for city projects and a $10 increase to $245 for developer-reimbursed projects. These adjustments represent an increase of about 5 percent in the total billable rate. Rates for associate-level services will not change. GRJN’s last rate increase was at the beginning of 2016.
• authorized a request from Lupine Brewing for outdoor music from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17, for a St. Patrick’s Day event.
• approved the re-appointment of Jeff Demeules and Nat Malen to the Delano Planning Commission. A third application was accepted after the deadline, so the council decided to extend the application period two more weeks to see if any others apply for the third vacancy on the commission before making a decision.
• approved the hiring of Ryan Lazenby as a probationary member of the Delano Fire Department.
• approved the hiring of part-time staff at Delano Wine and Spirits.