Members of the Cabot Parks and Recreation Commission this week discussed the opening of the bottom floor of the facility’s new fitness center.


The new center opened its doors on Feb. 28 where patrons now have access to new weights and running equipment as well as a racquetball court. Patrons are continuing to use the temporary entrance at the present time.


Commissioners also clarified rates charges to use the new Veterans Park Event Center.


“We have been getting a lot of inquiries about the new Veterans Park Event Center,” according to a release issued by the commission.


Rates vary due to the day of the week and for non-profit affiliations. “All events require a $250 refundable security and cleaning deposit,” added the commission.


From Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Veterans Room costs $500 to rent which includes the entire facility as well as the kitchen. The Liberty or Patriot Room, which consists of half of the facility, costs $250 to rent and the Independence or Victory Room, which comprises of one-fourth of the facility, costs $150 to rent.


The rates increase when rented from Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to midnight. The Veterans Room costs $900 to rent which includes the entire facility as well as the kitchen. The Liberty or Patriot Room, which consists of half of the facility, costs $450 to rent and the Independence or Victory Room, which comprises of one-fourth of the facility, costs $300 to rent.


Other amenities include an additional hour on weekdays at a rate of $100 to use the events rooms and an additional $200 to utilize the kitchen for an additional hour. For more information or to book a private tour, email sallison@cabotparks.com.


The commission was also advised that tax collections through February were over 2017 budget estimates. Lonoke County sales tax collections through the first two months of 2017 totaled $24,057.77, which is $1,380.77 over the $22,677 budgeted through February, which represents about 6 percent more collected than was anticipated.


Property tax millage collections were also higher than anticipated during the first two months of this year. City coffers collected $3,018.76 in millage revenues while the city had budgeted to collect $2,739 during that period. In all, millage revenues were $279.76 more than had been anticipated.


Concession stand revenues fell short of budget projections. The city had collected 79 percent of anticipated revenues. In all, $1,263.25 had been collected through February compared to $1,600 that had been anticipated, reflecting falling short by $336.76 predictions.


The events room also collected $3,975 from rentals during the first two months of this year while it had budgeted for collections to be $1,500, which reflects a collection total of $2,475 more than was anticipated that would be collected.