THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Peshtigo Finance Considers Rate Review of Fees
Issue Date: May 17, 2017
At the Peshtigo Finance and Claims Committee meeting held on Wednesday, May 10, Chair Tom Gryzwa issued a directive concerning a rate review pertaining to building permits, recycle fees, boat launch fees, campground fees and rental of city facilities. He encouraged the committee heads to look at rates that affect their departments.
Gryzwa told the committee he had spoken to Clair Silverman, legal counsel for member municipalities, regarding fee changes. Silverman suggested that the new rates not be placed in the ordinances but rather be put in a resolution and the ordinances refer to the resolution.
Gryzwa explained this way there would be no need to do a public hearing and the changed rates can take place quicker. Currently the office staff is going through the ordinances and finding all the ones that have the fees located in them. Upon approval, the ordnances will be changed to reflect fees available at the city office.
Gryzwa also said the received a rate review from the city building inspector, Tom Smith. Smith's rate review looks to be more consumer friendly, stating the consumer will only pay for the size project he is building, said Gryzwa. This is a sliding fee scale which is different than current prices. Rates will be given to the committee within the next 2 to 3 months hoping to implement them into the new budget.
In other related financial news, Gryzwa said the city's finances are in good shape. The city has some C.D.s coming due in August, and would like to reinvest the funds. Committee members were very appreciative of a kind and generous anonymous donation made to the skate park in the amount of $1,000. The donation is designated for repairs or replacements relating to normal wear and tear, and are to be made as needed. The funds will be placed into its own account to ensure they are available when needed.
Police Chief Joseph FitzGerald was present at the meeting and made a request on behalf of his department. He requested the police department be given access to donated funds in the event of an emergency and also to complete other unfinished projects. The funds were previously designated for expenditures of this nature. The committee granted the request per approval of the city council in the amount not to exceed $5,000.