At Tuesday’s workshop meeting, Rosenberg City Council members will discuss the possible complimentary use of the Rosenberg Civic Center by homeowners associations.

And it’s all because of Rosenberg resident Sharon Steckler. At the last regular city council meeting, Steckler spoke on the issue.

“As many of you are aware, it has been the policy of the city of Rosenberg to only allow 501c3 organizations to use the Rosenberg Civic Center free of charge,” Steckler began.

“At the appropriate time, I would ask council to consider changing that policy to extend that courtesy to homeowners associations in the city of Rosenberg.”

According to city staff, the Rosenberg Civic Center is available free of charge to entities with a tax-exempt 501c3 designation for up to one usage per month during regular business hours provided there are no conflicts with paid reservations and the city manager has approved the use. HOAs are not included in the provisions for community usage and must pay to utilize the facility.

“The homeowners associations play a pivotal role in protecting the values of our community, the appearance of our community, and the civic work of the city,” the Oaks of Rosenberg resident continued. “We are also very active volunteers. We participate in our community."

“We believe that the relatively small number of community associations in the city of Rosenberg would create no fiscal problem for the city in allowing these organizations to use the Rosenberg Civic Center free of charge.”

Mayor Bill Benton told Steckler he would bring this issue up at the next regular workshop meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St. Residents wishing to speak must sign up in advance

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