Bridge City council members Tuesday approved changes to Community Center and Senior Citizens Center polices, mostly to do with fees and deposits.

City Manager Jerry Jones said the changes would increase the value of the buildings, which saw heavy use after Hurricane Ike.
Some of those changes include:

• Community Center – The previous $200 clean-up deposit fee was changed to a clean-up fee that would not be returned. Jones said some city officials felt like the grounds were not being cleaned enough to warrant return of the deposit. The fee remains the same – $200.

• Rentals include 37 8-foot-long tables and 248 chairs. Previous numbers had been 30 and 210.

• A previous rule about crawfish boils indoors was changed to outdoors only. Jones said many felt the salty odor was too strong inside.

• Senior Citizens’ Center – Fees are now separated into “Bridge City/Orangefield resident” and “Out-of-city resident” divisions. Locals will pay $50 for four hours and $10 for each additional hour. Out-of-city renters will pay $100 for four hours and $10 for each additional hour. Refundable damage deposits will be $100 and clean-up deposits will be $75.

The building is available to the pubic for small functions such as wedding and baby showers, dinners, meetings and small receptions. Renters are required to clean the building after use.