The newly constructed community center in Summit Hill, located off West Ludlow Street next to the fire department, can finally be used.

The center was originally slated for completion in December 2009, but construction delays had occurred.

The basic fee for using the new building will be $25 per hour. In addition, those groups using the structure will need a $100 refundable security deposit to assure clean-up occurs after the events.

If clean-up doesn't occur, or any damage occurs, the deposit will be used to cover the costs.

According to rules drawn up by Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, and approved by the council, booking will occur through Monica Marshall, chairman of the Recreation Commission.

Usage must be booked at least several weeks in advance because all events must be approved by the council.

As a result, such events as funeral luncheons can't occur because there wouldn't be adequate time for council approval.

Any group wanting to book the facility should contact Marshall through the borough hall at 570-645-2305, ext. 4.

There will be a special fee of $20 for non-profit groups to use the facility for such things as meetings.

The first group to be approved for using the facility is the Summit Hill High School Class of 1960, which is renting it on July 17 from 1-11 p.m.

The council said alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the premises but can't be sold. Marshall said the borough will not seek a liquor license. As a result, anyone holding an event would be permitted to bring their own beer or other alcoholic beverages.

Although the facility has a kitchen, including a refrigerator, those using the center will have to bring their own food or have it catered.

Councilman John O'Gurek suggested that an added fee occur in the summer for use of air conditioning, noting that running the air conditioning could be expensive. He said another local facility charges groups extra for air conditioning usage.

"I don't know why we built this thing to lose money," he added.

The council didn't act on his recommendation.

One suggestion was that a committee be appointed to approve requests, but Attorney Matika said the Recreation Commission, which is in charge of the facility, is not authorized to sign contracts on behalf of the borough.