BY JEFF CLARK
The Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved a rental policy for the recently renovated pedestrian bridge at the Riverwalk. The unanimous vote came after the item was tabled at the request of Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin when it was brought before the council in November.
The approved fee schedule is $250 for the stage at the Riverwalk, $150 for Riverside Park at the Riverwalk, $400 for partial closure of the bridge under six hours, $800 for complete closure under six hours, $500 for partial closure over six hours and $1,000 for complete closure over six hours with an additional $75 per hour after the sixth hour. All rental agreements require a security deposit which varied from $100 to $400.
Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem asked if security deposits would be rewarded due to weather conditions.
“I would say no,” said Columbus Public Facilities Director Frank Goodman. “It’s an outside venue and it’s the risk they take.”
Other provisions in the usage agreement, prepared by City Attorney Jeff Turnage, include private security, inspections by Goodman and proof of liability insurance covering the event for $1 million.
“This protects the city,” Turnage said on Wednesday. “This is only if someone wants to block off the bridge or parts of the bridge. It’s a public bridge. If someone wants to pull up some chairs and have a get together, as long as they aren’t having the bridge closed, they wouldn’t have to have the insurance policy.”
The Columbus City Council also took the following actions Tuesday night:
• Approved $12,000 as one-time consulting fees for CableOne and AT&T for cable franchise proposals.
• Approved intersection repairs at Second Street/Third Avenue and Second Street/Fourth Avenue South.
• Approved request for Columbus Fire and Rescue to apply for the
2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
• Accepted a letter of resignation from Columbus firefighter Jeremy Harpole.
• Approved a request from Police Chief Selvain McQueen to authorize Human Resources Director Pat Mitchell to start the recruitment process to hire a work program supervisor to replace Benny Bush, who has been hired a s full time officer.
The following were sworn in as part-time police officers: