Oxford officials consider security fees for center rental

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — The Oxford Park Commission may ask nonprofit groups to pay for security during events at the Stone Center.

The Oxford Eagle reports that the commission in November waived the $50 an hour usage fee for nonprofit organizations renting the Stone Center for meetings or events.

However, OPC Deputy Director Bubba Robinson says the issue of security fees wasn’t addressed.

“We pay Cobra security $15 an hour whenever there’s an event at the center,” Robinson said.

Nonprofit groups must produce their state paperwork showing they are a 501(c)3 organization to have the usage fee waived. They must still pay a $200 security deposit.

Cobra security is responsible for opening and locking the doors and keeping an eye on the center during the event. Otherwise, each nonprofit using the Stone Center would need a key.

“That can get expensive,” Robinson said.

Robinson asked the board this past week to revise the rental policy to provide that nonprofit groups must pay the $15 an hour security fee to cover the OPC’s cost for Cobra.

The board delayed any decision until it could read a written policy when it meets in January.