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Minutes of the Workshop Meeting of March 18, 2010

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Councilmember Clark stated his position that the Council should not try to control the competitive landscape. He further stated his position that the City should stop selling trees in competition with the nurseries and should stop selling helmets in competition with the bike shops. These services should be provided in cooperation with the local business owners.

Council consensus was to direct staff to send a letter to Noble Nursery to inform them of the status of the concerns they raised about temporary nurseries, and to conduct additional zoning research on what is currently allowed in relation to temporary nurseries.

Rental License Ordinance Update

City Manager Arneson reviewed that at the March 4, 2010 Council workshop, staff was directed to determine the cost of rental license inspections, and to ensure that the cost is fully loaded. The first reading on the ordinance amending rental license fees is scheduled for tonight’s City Council meeting. The purpose of this discussion is to provide Council with information on the proposed fees included in the ordinance.

Community Standards Director Fiske provided an overview of the current rental housing license fee schedule and the recommended fee increase: Previous fee: $50.00/building (+$10.00/unit) Proposed fee: $100.00/building (+$10.00/unit) / fee reduction for properties that are violation free for three years

Councilmember Swanson stated his position that temporary licenses should be issued in situations where the City is behind on rental inspections for townhouse units.

Councilmember Clark stated his position that this item should not be discussed in the workshop as it is included on the City Council meeting agenda.

City Manager Arneson explained that the item was included on the workshop agenda to provide Council with information on the proposed fee increase.

The workshop was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

Tom Ryan, Mayor


Catherine Ekstrand, CMC, Deputy City Clerk

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