Chapter 20.38 Multnomah Center


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(Added by Ord. No. 152710; passed and effective Jan. 13, 1982.)

20.38.010 Term Leases or Facilities Use Permits.

The City Council may authorize leases or facilities use permits with non-profit organizations for rental of space in the Center for a period not to exceed 5 years.


20.38.020 Authority to Issue Permits for Short Term Use.

(Amended by Ord. No. 153957; effective Dec. 6, 1982.) The Superintendent of Parks or an authorized representative shall have authority to issue permits to non-profit and commercial organizations for short term use of facilities which have not been rented on a long term basis by lease or permit. The purpose of the commercial organizations must be compatible with the community services provided by the Multnomah Center. Issuance of such permits shall be in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.


20.38.030 Rules and Regulations.

The Superintendent of Parks, subject to approval of the Commissioner In Charge, may adopt rules and regulations relating to use of the Center which shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter. Such rules and regulations shall not conflict with the provisions of any pre-existing lease or permit.


20.38.040 Conditions of Permits.

The permits issued under the authority granted under Section 20.38.020 shall be conditioned by rules and regulations of the Bureau of Parks governing use of the Center, and shall include provisions designating the nature of the use and the areas or facilities to be use. The permit shall provide that the Superintendent or his authorized representatives have the authority to immediately terminate the use under the permit if permittee fails to comply with the rules and regulations or the conditions of the permit. The permittee shall be required to indemnify and save the City, its officers, agents, and employees harmless from claims for damages to persons or property resulting from the use of the Center under the permit.

The Superintendent or his authorized representative may, depending on the nature of the use, require the permittee to furnish evidence of liability insurance covering the use under the permit, which insurance shall provide coverage of not less than $100,000 for personal injury for each person, $300,000 for personal injury for each occurrence and $300,000 property damage for each occurrence. The City, its officers, agents, and employees shall be named as additional insureds. Such evidence of insurance shall be in form satisfactory to the City Attorney.


20.38.050 Charge for Use of Facilities.

(Amended by Ord. No. 153957; and 159171 effective Dec. 15, 1986.) Charges will be made for the use of the following Multnomah facilities by permit issued pursuant to Section 20.38.020: class rooms, conference rooms, kitchenette, gym, auditorium, and kitchen. There will be a minimum charge, a refundable cleaning deposit, a kitchen cleanup deposit, and a liquor deposit. There will be additional staff charges for use of the facility at times other than regular hours of the Multnomah Center operation. Various set-up and take-down charges will be applied if existing table and seating arrangements are altered. Specific charges and fee rules and regulations will be determined and adjusted periodically by the Superintendent of Parks or an authorized representative.


20.38.060 Waiver of Charges.

The Superintendent of Parks or his authorized representatives may waive the charges specified in Section 20.38.050 for use of multi-purpose rooms by community groups which provide information to the community relating to the community’s health, education, or welfare. Such groups shall not charge members of the public to attend any such function and such function shall be open to the public. Groups eligible for fee waiver shall not be commercial, partisan, political, or religious groups and shall not use the Center to advocate for or against any candidate for public office, or for or against any measure or proposition to be voted upon by the voters.


20.38.070 Policies on Use.

(Amended by Ord. No. 153957; effective Dec. 6, 1982.) The proposed use must be in accordance with the provisions of the City Code and Ordinances and the rules and regulations relating to use of the Multnomah Center established pursuant to this Chapter. Events which involve political, religious, or income generating activities must be approved by the Commissioner In Charge of the Bureau of Parks.

Organizations using Multnomah Center facilities by permit issued pursuant to Section 20.38.020 shall be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages within the Center with the following restrictions:

A. Alcoholic beverages served by a licensed and insured caterer; or

B. The renting organization must obtain the appropriate OLCC license and provide the Multnomah Center with a certificate of comprehensive general liability insurance for $300,000 naming as insured the City of Portland, its officers, agents, and employees, and sign a "Hold Harmless" agreement with the City of Portland for any liability; and

C. All supplies and materials or other property brought on the premises will be the sole responsibility of the user.


20.38.080 Priority for Users.

(Repealed by Ord. No. 159171 effective Dec. 15, 1986.)