MP City Council Acted Inconsistently on Fee Increases
Original post made by Resident, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Mar 24, 2010
While most of the council adjustments were in the $1 to $10 range, the council did make drastic changes to the recommended fee for a resident to file a SECOND appeal to the city council regarding SOMEBODY ELESE'S home improvement or commercial development project. The staff had recommended full cost recovery that would have ranged from $1000-2500 depending upon the complexity of the case. Kelly Fergusson was passionate that "no resident should be discouraged by cost from filing multiple appeals to the city council." "That's what we're here for," she said. So while the cost for one week of kindergarten for low-income families will rise from $45 to $250 and the cost to legally build a shed in your own back yard will go from $0 to $515, the cost for any resident to file an unlimited number of appeals to block someone else's building project remains at $110.
As usual, only John Boyle dissented.
Tonight's council meeting once again demonstrates recurring issues with the current council majority. 1) They make arbitrary decisions based on limited public input; 2) They want to play the role of council, commissions, and staff. 3) They are far more interested in blocking redevelopment of our neighborhoods and commercial areas than enabling it.