Mantua Township will reopen facilities for rental

Pending guidance from legal council, Mantua Township trustees voted to reopen the township civic center and gym annex for rentals. 

Trustees established a tentative fee schedule for renting the annex, pledging to set definite prices at their May 20 meeting. 

“We’re the best deal in town,” Benner said.

Prices will be as follows:

  • Weddings: $500, which will include use of the warming kitchen
  • Anniversaries, private organization fundraisers and other large gatherings up to maximum occupancy rates: $250
  • Birthday parties, showers, craft or local bazaars: $125
  • Weekday dances, local nonprofit organizations or group meetings: Monday-Friday $75 and $125 on weekends
  • Funeral lunches: $75
  • Use of the warming kitchen will add $60, and a $150 security/key deposit will be levied. If the key is lost, the entire deposit is forfeit.
  • All activities and rates for sporting activities must be pre-approved by the trustees.

Other Mantua Township updates:

  • Trustees decided their May 6 meeting will be their last virtual meeting. May 20 will be their first in-person meeting and will be held at the civic center at 11670 Mantua Road.
  • Trustees decided to spend this year’s NOPEC grant to insulate the annex ceiling with 2.5 inches of foam. Trustees used the grant last year to obtain a furnace for the township’s historical society. NOPEC grants, offered every year, are earmarked for energy-saving projects.
  • The leaky roof on the township garage is going to get some love, leaving Mantua’s employees and equipment high and dry… in a good way. Repairs will cost at most $1,700, according to an estimate provided by D.G. Stewart Roofing & Construction. Replacing the roof will need to be done in four to seven years and will cost more than $30,000, Benner said.
  • As in many communities, there won’t be a Memorial Day parade in the township this year. There will, however, be services at the cemetery. The Crestwood High School Band and American Legion will participate.
  • Business owners in Mantua Corners want water service, and want the Mantua Township trustees to help them get it. Zoning Inspector Rich Gano will forward their concerns to Portage County Water Resources, which actually controls those sorts of decisions.
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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.