The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission tabled a request from the Pine Bluff Titans youth football club to receive a discount on the rental of the The Waterfront Facility at Regional Park during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Commission tabled a request from the Pine Bluff Titans youth football club to receive a discount on the rental of the The Waterfront Facility at Regional Park during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Titans president Gregory Murray was present at the meeting to explain the club’s request.

“We will be having our football banquet for our little league organization on Dec. 3 and it will include about 150 people,” Murray said. “That includes 77 players and 41 cheerleaders. We are requesting a reduction in the rental fee for the banquet. If we get a reduction in the fee then we can use the extra money to buy trophies and food for the kids.”

Commissioner Kami Hunt expressed concerns about setting a precedent for such price reductions in the future.

“First of all, I would like to say congratulations to the Titans and to what you have done this year,” Hunt said. “What I am concerned about is that we start a precedent. This is a subtantial reduction. There are a lot of other pee-wee league teams and we don’t want to make it appear we are doing anything against the children so we need to be careful about how we do this.”

In a letter to the commission, Murray asked that the facility rental fee be reduced from $510 to $250, but said that the $250 figure was only a suggestion at the meeting.

Commissioner Abel White was also concerned about setting a precedent for discounts at the facility.

“You need to give us time to consider this proposal,” White said. “We want a level field and if we start picking and choosing we can have problems.”

Fourth Ward Alderman Steven Mays*** was present at the meeting as a supporter of the Titans.

“I had parents call me and ask what they could do to try to get the fee reduced and I said that they should just send you all a letter and see what you say,” Mays said.

Commissioner Jeffrey Pulliam said that whatever decision is made will have to be applied to all of the other youth sports leagues.

The commissioners agreed to consider the request again at the next commission meeting and to grant the Titans a partial refund if the request is approved.

In other business, the commission voted to approve a request from Parks and Recreation Department Director Angela Parker to set the department’s winter office hours as 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the understanding that there will always be at least one person in the office during the eight-hour period.

The commission voted to allow Laura Hildreth, director of the Chester Hynes Community Center, to charge $25 per hour for the rental of space at Chester Hynes, with the understanding that a Parks and Recreation employee will open and close the center during the rental period and remain on site for the duration of the rental period.

The commission agreed to hold the next meeting at 4 p.m. Dec. 20.

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***This article has been updated from its original version to correct a misspelled name.