Council approves list of fees, charges

Friday, January 4, 2019

LE MARS — The Le Mars City Council took action on the 2019 List of Fees, Licenses and Charges for the City of Le Mars.

The list is a wide range of fees the city imposes, such as rental on the convention center, golf course banquet hall and campgrounds, to cemetery lots, golf course membership, fire services, police charges, library charges, zoning and building fees, ambulance fees; and utility connects and fees.

While all of the fees were recommended by city staff to stay the same for 2019, council members did adjust three fees.

Council member Clark Goodchild indicated he would like to make three changes to the list, that of deposits on the Municipal Park Shelter house, the Boy Scout Shelter house and the Foster Park Gazebo.

“My main concern is the new, updated Municipal Park Shelter house. We charge a $100 deposit for cleaning, and I don’t think it’s enough. I would like those deposits to be higher because I think there needs to be some sting in it,” Goodchild said.

He indicated the $25 deposit was nothing.

“My two cents here is I would like to see the indoor shelter house go to $300 to match the other (convention center), and the Boy Scout shelter house and gazebo go up to $100,” Goodchild said. “They get it back, it’s not a charge, but we at least hold an amount of money that I think people don’t want to give up.”

Council member Rex Knapp said he agreed with Goodchild on raising the deposit.

“The intent is that they make sure something doesn’t happen to the facility when it’s under their rental agreement,” Knapp said.

All council members voted yes on the motion.

Knapp then asked if the city and council would be looking at landfill, water and sewer rates.

“Those are by ordinance,” Interim City Administrator Jason Vacura said.

Those discussions with committee and staff members were to be held later this week.

The council also approved the Le Mars Daily Sentinel as the city’s official newspaper for 2019; the list of mayor/council/staff assignments for 2019; and the renewal of the liquor license and outdoor service area at the golf course.

The council also approved a three-year Willow Creek Golf Course Management Contract with JBDS, LLC.

The agreement calls for JBDS to be paid for its service the sum of $165,000 for 2019, annually, payable at $20,625 per month during the months of April through September, and $8,875 during the months of October through March.

The contract also stated the compensation will increase $4,500 each year for the next three years.

The Community Services Committee and city administration recommended approval of the contract.

Vacura also reminded council members of the budget schedule to be used in preparing the 2019-2020 budget.

Designated council members will be meeting with various department heads starting this week to continue the budget process.

A proposed budget is expected to be brought before the council on Jan. 15 with discussion at that meeting and the Feb. 5 regular council meeting.

The public hearing on adoption of the final 2019-2020 budget will be held March 5.

A certified budget must be filed with the county auditor no later than March 15.

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