PLATTSBURGH — A new fee schedule will dictate the cost of renting some city property.
At a recent session, the City of Plattsburgh Common Council approved a resolution that put a price tag on the city’s cones, barricades, staging sections and trailer stage.
Groups and/or organizations, both in the city and in Clinton County, have historically borrowed the city equipment when hosting events, like concerts or street drives.
While the public may have felt they used the supplies for free, Mayor Colin Read said, the Department of Public Works had regularly delivered and/or picked up the city property, and was also left responsible for any missing pieces.
“We’re trying to be mindful of DPW’s resources and schedule,” Read said at the council meeting. “We’re essentially subsidizing — not even only to the city, but to anybody in the region.”
The newly adopted fee schedule set the following minimum rental rates:
• $1 per cone, per event.
• $5 per barricade, per event.
• $10 per 4 x 8-foot staging section, per event.
• $200 for the Trailer Stage, per event.
City Councilor Peter Ensel (R-Ward 4) suggested an approved amendment with language allowing for the potential reimbursement for “actual labor costs incurred by city employees for the accommodation, set up, delivery and/or retrieval of city property.”
But, with no maximum rate cited, some city councilors felt uneasy.
“I’m a little concerned of there being so much vagueness — especially something that can be added on,” Councilor Patrick McFarlin (I-Ward 5) said.
City Councilor Rachelle Armstrong (D-Ward 1) agreed.
“I’m worried about the potential for (an) arbitrary setting of fees,” Armstrong said. “We say we have a minimum fee, but we don’t give any parameters.”
After some discussion, the Common Council added a second amendment to the resolution, requiring users be notified of any additional charges prior to their event.
From late spring to early fall, the City of Plattsburgh allows various organizations to host street drives every other Saturday at three city intersections.
Using city cones to direct traffic around them, the groups collect donations from passing drivers.
For the rest of 2019, Superintendent of Public Works Mike Brodi said, those collectors won’t be charged for using the city property.
“They were pre-approved,” Brodi said. “That’s why we’re not charging them for the cones this year.”
Also in the summer season, restaurants of the downtown corridor annually supply their own or borrow the municipality’s concrete barricades to make way for street-side seating.
In exchange for the installation and removal of those barriers, the eateries reimburse the city at a charge determined by Public Works.
The newly adopted fee schedule will not impact that system, the city said.
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