City fees ordinance on agenda

MARQUETTE – The Marquette City Commission this evening is scheduled to consider an ordinance governing requests to waive or discount city fees.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. in commission chambers at city hall.

The proposed ordinance states that city fees reflect the actual costs to administer facility rental or program and operation. Therefore, discounts and waivers represent city subsidies and the proposed ordinance states discounts must be “granted only in exceptional circumstances” and should be considered “only in circumstances that are specifically linked to public good.”

The ordinance would separate applicants into three categories for applicable discounts. Not-for-profit organizations could be eligible for up to a 30 percent discount, while citizens and private groups and organizations may be eligible for discounts between 10 percent and 20 percent, depending on whether the members live in the city.

The ordinance allows for extenuating circumstances and the commission can vary the specific discount slightly.

The commission is also scheduled to consider adopting a lease agreement addendum, extending the YMCA of Marquette County’s lease agreement with the city through December of 2052.

In addition, also on the agenda is consideration of sending correspondence to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in relation to a possible city truck route ordinance.

The city hired Steward and Sheridan, P.L.C, an Ishpeming firm that has been working on the correspondence and may be called on in the future to assist the city in creating a truck route ordinance.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.