Auditorium to cost more to rent

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Renting out the library auditorium costs the town more than it is charging renters, and it also leaves the town open to liability, Town Manager Jim Chaousis told selectmen Monday.

Currently, someone wanting to use the auditorium for a birthday party or a musical performance pays $20 a day, he said.

An analysis was conducted and it cost the town $100 to cover expenses associated with using it including oil, electricity and cleaning, Chaousis said.

That does not cover liability.

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People using the facility should have their own liability insurance, unless it is a town-endorsed function, he said.

The Maine Municipal Association offers one-day liability coverage for $75, he said. He would be willing to walk people through the process to get the insurance, he said.

The cost of the rental fee and insurance together would be $175, or $100, if someone already has insurance that would cover liability and they provide proof of it to the town manager.

All rentals that have been pre-made through July 1 will be honored, he said. There are about three of them, he said.

Any new request for rental of the auditorium as of July 1 would first have to go to the town manager and if it fit the criteria, it would go before selectmen for approval, Chaousis said.

Currently a renter signs up at the town office, pays the $20 fee and picks up the key.

“The bottom line is the town has to have control over the property,” Chaousis said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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