The city is in charge of renting the A.A. Comeaux Park recreation hall.
No, you can not rent the basketball court for a day for you and your buddies.
The city is renting the portion that houses the office of A.A. Comeaux Youth League. For the last 11 years, A.A. Comeaux Youth League (the old Vermilion Youth League) has been in charge of renting, cleaning and collecting the rental fees for the hall.
The City Council recently said this was the city’s building and it should be getting the money from renting the hall. As of the earlier this month, one must go through the city to rent the hall instead of A.A. Comeaux Youth. Call the city (898-4206) to book the hall.
With the city handling the hall, there has been price changes.
When the youth league rented the hall, it charged $475. Included in the price was clean up.
For that price, there was no time limit to rent the hall, according to Tommy Picard, who was in charge of the rentals while the youth leagues handled it.
Based on the city’s new rental agreement, the city raised the rental price to $525, including clean up.
According to the contract, the $525 price is for four hours. To rent it longer, the city charges $100 per hour more.
Another change in the rental of the building is the use of alcohol. The city’s rental agreement states that if alcohol is being served in the building, security is needed.
The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Department and Abbeville City Police are not letting their officers be hired as security officers when there is alcohol involved.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon and Chief Rick Coleman said their fear by having one of their off-duty police officers act as security, it could mean a lawsuit for the city or Sheriff’s Department down the road.
They would rather stay away from it, they said.
The security guard has to be insured.
As of now, Security Patrol Agency Inc. from Abbeville, owned Thomas “Little Man” Vallot, can provide security.
For a four-hour minimum at $100 per hour, Vallot will provide two security guards.
“It cost $100 per hour because of the insurance,” Vallot said. “The insurance company looks at it as a special risk. The liability is on my company if something happens .”
Abbeville Councilman-At-Large Francis Plaisance and the rest of the council voted to have security when alcohol is present at a function.
“If I would own the building, I would require security,” Plasiance said.
He said with the city renting the building, it puts them at risk of lawsuits if something happens because alcohol is present.
He said the city has received phone calls from people upset that security is needed, but added, “We stand firm on it.”