Central City implements new rules and fees for special events

Council Meeting on Election Night

By David Josselyn

Work Session   Council met with Staff for a work session to review the final proposed draft budget of 2021.
Regular Council Meeting   Mayor Fey convened the regular meeting at 7:01 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members Jeff Aiken, Jack Hidahl, and Mayor Jeremy Fey were present. Alderwoman Judy Laratta and Alderwoman Jackie Johnson participated via Zoom online.

Mayor Fey led the Pledge of Allegiance and then asked for any amendments or additions to the agenda. There were no changes.

Mayor Fey asked if there were any conflicts of interest for any member of the council. There were no conflicts expressed.

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes from the October 20 meeting and regular bill lists through October 20.

Mayor Fey asked about the bill for the water main repair for $24,666.40 and whether that was all of it, or just partial. Manager Miera responded that the bill covers the entire incident.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to a topic on the night’s agenda. No one chose to address Council.

Old Business

Council considered approval upon the second reading of one Ordinance.

New Rules for Special Events

Director Rears reviewed Ordinance 20-12 which would amend Article V of Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code regarding special events and demonstrations. This Ordinance would also terminate the Emergency Order 20-03 which put a moratorium on all street closures.

Mayor Fey stated that the issue came about because an event producer wanted to do a show over the Labor Day Weekend and several businesses were not happy with their notification timeline and requested a change. Fey said he worries that “every time a business owner complains that Council would legislate the complaint.” For this reason, he will be voting no.

Mayor Fey opened the Public Forum and no one chose to speak to council.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve Ordinance 20-12 and was seconded by Alderwoman Johnson. The Ordinance passed four to one with Mayor Fey voting against.

New Business

Council considered action on two resolutions.

New Fees for Special Events

Director Rears introduced Resolution 20-40 which would amend the Comprehensive Fee Schedule to match the fee and deposit structure outlined in Ordinance 20-12 regarding special events. This Resolution is necessary assuming Ordinance 20-12 is passed.

Alderwoman Laratta commented, “I hope we have a lot of business and make a ton of money,” to which Mayor Fey responded, “Amen!”

Mayor Fey then asked if the event deposit paid by applicants is refunded in full or can it be refunded in part if labor or other fees are required at the end of the event? Director Rears stated the City would only charge what it would cost them to clean or repair after an event.

Alderwoman moved to approve Resolution 20-40 and was seconded by Alderwoman Johnson. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Still an Emergency

Manager Miera introduced Resolution 20-41 which would extend the local declaration of emergency through Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve Resolution 20-41 and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Council Election Results

Mayor Fey announced the first unofficial results for the Central City election on Council Seats. He first congratulated Alderman Aiken for retaining his seat and then Alderwoman-elect Kara Tinucci.

Mark Your Calendars

Mayor Fey adjourned the regular meeting at 7:42 pm. The next regular Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

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