The Cherokee City Council approved a schedule of fees for the year that contains some adjustments from the present year.
Dwight Varce, council member requested that the matter be tabled until the next meeting so the fee adjustments could be considered more fully. Ron Johnson, council member, indicated that since there were only a few adjustments that the matter didn't need to be delayed.
Varce was the only council member to vote against the proposed fee schedule which was approved four to one. Before the vote, Varce had asked about the only fee that was reduced from the previous year.
Participation in the grades 3 and 4 boys and girls basketball and in the grades 5 and 6 boys and girls basketball had been $15. The grades 3 and 4 basketball fee dropped to $10 under the new fee schedule while the grades 5 and 6 fee remains the same.
Strickland explained that the fee basically pays uniform costs and the grades 5 and 6 kids are getting a better t-shirt.
The only other change in recreation program charges is for men's basketball which goes from $150 per team to $165 per team.
The fee for a banquet/reception with beer/wine at the community center is going from $100 to $125 for less than 100 people, from $150 to $200 for 100 people or more and from $200 to $250 if both levels of the community center are used. There is also a new charge of $15 per hour for the bartender.
Hourly equipment charges are going up. All will add a charge of $15 per hour for an operator while the previous fees for a push mower and lawn tractor included the operator in the charge. The fees will go up for a push mower from $15 (includes operator) to $40 without operator, lawn tractor from $40 (includes operator) to $50 without operator, skid loader $25 to $50, dump truck from $35 to $50, loader from $75 to $100, and maintainer from $75 to $100.
The council also expressed consensus that an ordinance should be written for subsequent approval by the council raising the delinquent fee on late water and sewer utility bills from 3 percent to 5 percent and that the current $15 maximum on utility late charges be eliminated.
The consensus was that the city should allow one late utility payment a year without a late charge, which will be a new practice after the ordinance is passed.