Town adds charge to use of town-owned facilities

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake Town Board has changed its policy on the use of town-owned community facilities.

During Thursday night’s meeting, town board members agreed that the town should collect a $50 charge as part of the application for use of those facilities, which include the pavilion at the Municipal Park.

The $50 charge is non refundable and would be in addition to a $200 deposit, which is returned if the facility is left in good condition. The $50 will help the town cover the general clean up of the facilities.

Supervisor Patti Littlefield said she hopes the new charge will also deter people from reserving a facility and then not using it.

“There were several episodes down at the beach and the pavilion where people booked it for a party and they didn’t show up, and we’d told three other people they couldn’t have it because it was booked, then they were upset because it was sitting there empty,” Littlefield said.

Councilman Mike Dechene agreed with implementing the charge but questioned whether $50 was enough. He suggested making it $100 instead.

Littlefield said she thinks $50 is enough to begin with, and noted that it could always be increased in the future.