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County agrees $1,000 a few too many

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By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A $1,000 deposit to rent the Veterans Memorial Hall and serve alcohol might be over the limit, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

"If a 25-year-old is getting married, $1,000 might be hard to come by," said District Two Supervisor Martha McClure. "That's a lot of money for a veteran's hall."

But Ed Fulton, the Del Norte County Building and Parks Superintendent said that the deposit would be more of a deterent to keep patrons from leaving the hall dirty and disorderly.

"I'm hoping that with $1,000 a day that renters will clean up their own mess," Fulton said.

In 2005 the cost of an alcohol deposit at Veteran's Memorial Hall was $125, and Fulton said that amount was raised to $300. In contrast, the Cultural Center asks for a $575 alcohol deposit.

Board members suggested lowering the proposed deposit from $1000 to $750.

"Seven-hundred-fifty dollars might be doable," County Administrative Officer Jeannine Galatioto said.

The board will reconvene On Feb. 27 to adopt a finalized version of their Master Fee Ordinance, likely with the newer, lower alcohol deposit.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board decided to write letters to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if the Klamath Glen Levee is in accordance with national flood control standards.

FEMA informed the county in January that it will formally review the levee to make sure it meets official protection certifications.

However, when the levee was built in 1966, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed it in accordance with standards that still exist today.

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