Victoria officials to discuss safety requirements for city rentals

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Event organizers could be faced with extra fees for hosting large gatherings at the Victoria Community Center.

The issue, which requires a $30 hourly fee for having a fire marshal present, is up for discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

City spokesman O.C. Garza said in an email that the police and fire department are involved to protect the city's multimillion-dollar facility.

Some functions could require the presence of a fire marshal if they use open flames or motor vehicles, high-volume events like concerts or dances that could make it hard to hear a fire alarm or events with large attendance estimates, Garza said.

According to the community center's confirmation form, other factors also include whether there is cooking in the facility or flammable material such as hay or decorations.

The issue was put on the meeting agenda by Councilman Emett Alvarez, who did not return multiple messages for comment.

Mayor Paul Polasek said he was unaware of the points of Alvarez's request.

City Fire Marshal Tom Legler said he had not talked with the councilman about the update.

He or his staff respond to about two or three events a month but typically are able to work with promoters or organizers before the event to avoid hazards.

One example is using LED candles rather than flame candles, Legler said.

"We realize it is a cost, and we try to help them," he said.



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