Fees for child care services and sports field use in Menlo Park are going up, after the City Council approved a revised fee schedule at its meeting Tuesday, March 23.
The city is increasing the rates in order to recover a greater percentage of its costs to provide such services. In general, the new rates are in line with what other jurisdictions charge, according to city management.
The council voted for a slightly smaller increase than city staff had recommended for Little League and youth soccer teams to use the fields, after representatives from two such leagues argued against the steep increases at the meeting. The council also voted for a slightly smaller increase than planned to people enrolled in the Belle Haven child care program, which receives a significant subsidy from the state.
The council rejected a recommendation by the planning department to make a resident pay the full cost of a second appeal of a city decision. The recommendation was aimed at preventing cases like a recent one in which a woman twice appealed a decision to award a permit to Safeway, so that she could air unrelated grievances to the City Council.
A majority of council members said they didn't want to restrict residents' ability to have a hearing before the council, while Councilman John Boyle argued that the city should try to do something to discourage frivolous appeals.