Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2008

Council upholds fee waiver ordinance

September 11, 2008

The Eudora City Council decided Monday not to make any changes to a city ordinance drafted to establish criteria for waiving fees associated with organizing special events in the city.

The ordinance was drafted in late 2007 because council members said a uniform policy for waiving fees was needed so that their reasons for approving or disapproving waivers would not appear to be arbitrary or discriminatory.

The council also worried that city departmental budgets could be affected if too many applicants had fees waived.

The ordinance states that only organizations that fall under section 501-C3 of Internal Revenue Code -typically non-profit organizations such as churches, charities, and fraternal lodges - would be eligible for a waiver of city public facility use fees.

The ordinance was brought up at the Aug. 25 council meeting after members of the EudoraFest committee questioned why they were being charged for fees that historically had been waived by the council.

The council agreed at the Aug. 25 meeting that the ordinance was created to expedite and make easier the process of applying for fee waivers, but that maybe the ordinance should be reviewed if it was making things more difficult.

In discussions Monday, it was clear the EudoraFest committee had the paperwork it needed to have fees associated with city facilities waived.

However, EudoraFest will be charged a fee of about $60 to have the city porta-potties cleaned after the festivities on Oct. 4.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said this was standard for all organizations that have events at CPA Park. She also did a survey of how area cities - such as Lawrence, Baldwin, De Soto and Lenexa - handle the same situation and found each of the cities have the same charge.

Only Maria Nelson, Lori Fritzel and Fred Stewart were present at the meeting.

Nelson and Fritzel said the ordinance should not change, while Stewart said the discussion should be tabled for the whole council to vote on it.

In other actions, the council:

¢ Adopted a proclamation stating that September is National Preparedness Month.

¢ Appointed Cheryl Beatty and Police Chief Greg Dahlem as delegates to the League of Kansas Municipalities Conference Oct. 11-14 in Wichita.

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