City may approve new lease for museum

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Newnan City Council is expected to approve a new lease agreement with the board now running the African-American Alliance Museum during the council’s regular meeting Tuesday.
The meeting is 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Newnan City Hall on LaGrange Street.
About a month ago, Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips informed council the city was terminating the lease agreement because of disputes between various members of the African-American Alliance, which runs the museum on Farmer Street.
At one point, there appeared to be two competing boards, with the second board shutting down the museum over alleged financial irregularities. Those allegations, and the shutting of the museum, led Phillips to terminate the lease. The city owns the land and the building that houses the museum.
Since then, a new board has formed with Toni Teagle as president. In a recent interview with The Newnan Times-Herald, Teagle said the alliance’s books are in order and the group has a new, functioning set of officers.
The new lease would run for two years and allows either party to cancel with sufficient notification. The agreement requires the board to keep the museum open a minimum of 15 hours a week; to present annual goals and work programs to the city council; to maintain a list of officers; and to make all financial reports and membership lists available for city inspection.

In other action:

• The council will hear a request from Carol Moore, new director of the Newnan Centre conference facility, to approve scheduling/ booking policies and rental rates. The multi-use complex is under construction off Lower Fayetteville Road.

Moore is proposing a three-tiered priority for scheduling.

Category A: (First priority) would include:

— Regional conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and similar activities. These events generate significant attendance from outside the Newnan area and are not normally open to the public.

— City of Newnan and local events that may be deemed appropriate to the overall sales objectives of the Newnan Centre.

Category B: (Second priority)

— Consumer or public exhibitions that essentially draw from, or appeal to, the general public and/or local attendees.

— Coweta County events that may be deemed appropriate to the overall sales objectives of the Newnan Centre.

Category C: (Third priority)

— Out of county citizens or businesses events that may be deemed appropriate to the overall sales objectives of the Newnan Centre.

“If alternative dates are offered to accommodate a first priority event, the Newnan Centre will give preference to long-standing annual public and commercial shows with a proven record of success and significant impact to the community over other second priority scheduling commitments,” it is stated in the proposal.

Proposed rental rates would be based on the size of the room requested, the number of hours and whether it is a weekday or weekend event.

One example is the McIntosh Ballroom, which is the largest single room at 101 feet by 60 feet. Rental rates would be $800 for four hours during the week; $1,600 for eight hours during the week; and $2,500 for eight hours on the weekend.

A smaller room, such as the 30-foot by 30-foot College Temple room, would be $200 for four hours during the week; $400 for eight hours during the week; and $600 for eight hours on the weekend.

Non-profits would be offered a 20 percent discount under the proposal.

• The city council also is expected to approve a bid for recreational design plans for Ray Park west of downtown Newnan and the area of the Newnan Centre conference facility on Lower Fayetteville Road.

Bids ranged from $32,500 to $76,000 and the city’s Parks Commission interviewed the four lowest bidders. The commission said its “strong and unanimous recommendation” was to award the contract to Robert and Company. That company submitted the second-lowest bid at $36,500.

• A request will be heard from the city’s Business Development office and CEC students to close North, South, East and West Court Square on May 6 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to film a video featuring downtown Newnan to be used for promotional purposes.

• First Baptist Church is asking to block Brown Street from West Washington Street to Madison Street from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Vacation Bible School, running June 11-15.

• Operation Mobilization is asking to host a 5K fundraiser walk/run Sept. 29.



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