His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety de­nied free ac­cess

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - CAROLYN CUN­NING­HAM FOR THE AJC

A re­quest by the Ken­ne­saw His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to use the city’s His­toric De­pot for free next year was de­nied 1-3-1 Nov. 6 by the Ken­ne­saw City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­man James “Doc” Ea­ton voted in fa­vor. Op­posed were Coun­cil­woman Yvette M. A. Daniel and Coun­cil­men Jimmy Dick­ens and Nimesh Pa­tel. Re­cus­ing him­self and leav­ing the room was Coun­cil­man Jim Se­bas­tian since he said he is an of­fi­cer of the so­ci­ety.

City At­tor­ney Ran­dall Bent­ley ex­plained that groups “not con­nected with the city have to pay the fair mar­ket value to be le­gal.” “Even non­prof­its still have to pay,” Bent­ley added.

Next year in­stead of pay­ing the to­tal rental fee of $550, the so­ci­ety wanted to meet for free dur­ing reg­u­lar open mu­seum hours on March 3, June 16, Aug. 11, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13.

In­for­ma­tion: ken­ne­saw-ga.gov/ city-coun­cil-videos, Ken­ne­sawHis­tor­i­calSo­ci­ety.org.

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