City officials reported that proposed changes to park rental and business licensing fees at the Sept. 3 Robbinsdale City Council meeting will keep the city “in line” with local municipalities.
The changes include the increase of a car wash or Christmas tree lot sale license from $50 to $75. More specific guidelines were given to the licensing of a therapeutic massage business; a newcomer to the city will be charged $500 for the license and required public safety investigation, with a $250 annual fee and $200 charge for a renewal investigation. The previous fee was $250.
City Clerk Kate Croteau said though there was no car wash business in Robbinsdale, it was recommended to make the change anyway.
Park rental fees were reduced in selected areas, most notably for non-residents. Reductions ranged from $10 to $85 for the reservation of fields, picnic shelters and open space park areas. The only reduction made for residents was the use of lights, which was reduced by $5 per hour.
This was the first reading for the proposed ordinance change. The second reading and formal adoption of the ordinance will be at a future city council meeting.