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Florissant City Council Could Vote on Lowering Nature Lodge Rate

The council will look at lowering the residential rate for the Behlmann-Zykan Nature Lodge and other bills Monday night.

Monday night, the Florissant City Council will have its second reading and possible final vote on whether to reduce the residential rental fees of the Behlmann-Zykan Nature Lodge.

The amended rental fees would be $200 for the top floor, $150 for the lower level and $300 for the entire building with a $300 deposit. Previously, fees were $350 for top floor and $350 for the bottom floor.

The council will also take vote on the transfer of $40,000 from a salaries account to professional services to contract with the St. Louis Metro Softball Umpires Association for the summer and fall leagues.

For the full agenda, check out the City of Florissant website.

The meeting will be held in Florissant City Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Matthew Ingmire February 25, 2013 at 01:56 PM
That Nature Lodge was a waste of money IMO. Not once have I seen it used since it opened. Also whatever became of the restaurant that was going to be built down by the river Lowery always talked about?
d February 26, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Agreed. Have had several opportunities to holds events there, but the cost is extremely high. Disappointing because it's a great view. Would be nice to see it used more but more affordable for residents.
JPPugh February 26, 2013 at 04:48 AM
I'm glad to hear the Lodge will be affordable for residents. I have viewed the space but didn't think the small size was worthy of $700. $300 is feasible.
Karen McKay February 26, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The city received a grant of $250,000 for the Nature Lodge, plus MOST of the work was done by high end companies at little to NO cost to the city. I have attended everts there and would be happy to post some photos. A great deal of labor groups volunteered their services and put in hours of unpaid time to see this project was complete. If you have not visted the lodge, please do so. Everything is finished with high grade craftmanship....wish I could say the same about the builder who built my home. That said, it is within the park system and should be used at an affordable price. If there are problems and/or damage when rented hopefully the city will enforce the contract to have it repaired. Win...win for all!
Elizabeth O'Fallon February 27, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Sadly the Nature Lodge hasn't been accessible to most of the citizens since it was built. We looked into taking some classes there but it was too expensive for our group. I'd love to see the costs go down so ordinary folks without a lot of money could enjoy it.
Karen McKay February 27, 2013 at 06:06 AM
The city also has locations with resaonable rates at the JFK and James J. Eagan Civic Centers, plus the club house at the golf course. For many years our family rented all different size rooms at the civic centers for reunions, showers and a few birthday parties. They were very inexpensive and the parks dept. is always helpful to see that needs were taken care of. Only time will tell if the reduction in rates at the Sun Set Park Nature Center will bring expected funds.
Elizabeth O'Fallon February 27, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Maybe they don't do classes there anymore? I can't seem to find the info I had checked into previously on them. Maybe it's a rental facility only now?

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