The Marble City Council set rates for the use of its new community center at its meeting last week.
The city opted for a rate structure similar to that used by the city of Cohasset, with some changes. The rate structure is a four-tiered rate system with fees based on the level of use – with lower fees charged for a classroom-style meeting and higher fees for an event such as a wedding. Under the adopted rate structure, city residents would pay less than non-residents for use. In a related move, the council also approved a rental application that will be used to screen potential users.
City officials put the rate structure in place, in part, to cover costs associated with the use of the community center.
“People have to remember we’re heating it, we’re cleaning it,” said Councilor and City Clerk Tracey Schwartz. “I don’t think people understand what actually goes into it.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes from the Oct. 14 council meeting.
• Approved bills and payroll for October in the following amounts: general claims $8,582.55; wastewater claims $2,563.20; general payroll $9,686.58; wastewater payroll $5,029.86.
• Passed a resolution in support of seeking state bonding proceeds for the Reif Center expansion. The project has an estimated cost of about $7.8 million. The Reif Center is requesting about half that amount from state bonding.
• Approved the purchase of new tires for the street department pickup.
• Heard an update on the city’s blight control efforts.
• Passed a motion to have lots deeded back to the city from MCR Development Inc.
• Approved a facility user agreement for the city ball park.
• Approved the purchase of six cases of oranges for Santa bags through the Greenway High School Music Department fund raiser.
• Accepted a bid from A to Z Electric for $1,250 to install two 500-watt electric heaters for the rink.
• Approved the purchase of a new copying machine from Excel Business Systems in Hibbing.
• Agreed to meet with the individuals who applied to the city for rink attendant positions on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The council approved paying rink attendants at a rate of $8 per hour.