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  • Fees set for band shell use

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  • ILION — Other communities that want to use Ilion’s band shell will have to pay a fee and the village board voted during Wednesday’s meeting to set those fees.
    At a prior meeting, the board had asked Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling to tally the cost of transporting, setting up and returning the unit. The figure he presented to the board was $600.
    “This is a lot higher than the $400 we’ve been charging,” said Trustee Joanne Moore.
    “It’s not getting any cheaper,” Sterling said.
    He added setting up the band shell takes three people about three hours.
    Trustee Larry Gookins suggested setting two different rates - $600 for Herkimer County communities and $800 for those outside Herkimer County.
    Herkimer County villages contributed to repairing the band shell several years ago and in return were offered free use of the shell at their events for a year. In practice, the village continued allowing local communities to use it at no cost for several years.
    Sterling said he would not want to take the band shell very far because of the wear and tear on the unit. Dolgeville is usually as farthest distance it travels.
    The board voted to allow the band shell to be transported to locations within a 20-mile radius of the village and to establish the suggested rates of $600 for Herkimer County locations and $800 for locations outside the county. The extra $200 for transportation outside the county would be put into a fund for band shell repairs.
    Sterling said a new band shell would cost about $135,000.
    Village Clerk Linda Coffin said the village of Dolgeville had already reserved the band shell under the old rate for use at the Violet Festival there. The village has also received an inquiry from the Utica Zoo.

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