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September 11, 2013

Kimberly council raises community center rental fee

KIMBERLY — If you want to rent out the Kimberly Community Center room, it’s going to cost you a little more from now on.

The Kimberly City Council voted to raise the rental fee from $15 to $50 for residents of the city, and from $50 to $100 for non-residents. The council also raised the security deposit from $10 to $50, and also raised fees for renting picnic pavilions at the city park to $25, with new signs to be posted regarding the fees.

“Basically, $15 isn’t enough to keep the lights on,” Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said.

The action was one of several routine items on the council agenda Tuesday night.

The council gave first reading to the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, which Finance Committee Chair Donna Cude includes expenses that are reduced from the previous fiscal year thanks to past cutbacks that are now fully implemented. Ellerbrock noted that expected revenues will remain relatively flat.

In other business, the council:

  • Annexed four parcels of property on Bill Jones Road belonging to J. Rogers Day, then rezoned the parcels from the old county zones to the corresponding Kimberly zones, and also approved the installation of a fire hydrant adjacent to the parcels
  • Authorized purchase of tires and parts for police vehicles totaling just under $450
  • Approved a three-year renewal of a contract with Revenue Discovery Services for collection and enforcement of business licenses and sales taxes
  • Voted to renew a contract with the Jefferson County Office of Senior Services for the Kimberly Senior Center
  • Voted to initiate weed abatement proceedings for a property at 8747 Hamby Road.

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