The Centralia City Council Monday night raised all leases on Raccoon Lake and Centralia Lake that were not part of the new lease arrangements started in 2012.
20 year leases will go up 33 percent to $1,010 a year and 40 year leases would jump 15-percent to $1,006 a year. City Manager Dan Ramey says the old leases can only have the rate adjusted every five years and the increases will mirror those under the new lease arrangement which uses a different formula to set the lease rate each year. There was little opposition to the increase.
There was considerable discussion on implementing boat dock fees during a work session before the regular meeting.
Ramey said he might be willing to consider no fee for those with docks on Raccoon Lake because they are paying city taxes and reducing the proposed fee for docks on Lake Centralia to $100 for a small dock or $200 for one over 350 square feet.
"I'm not sure I would keep it at that, but I think it would show some good will from the city's part with the people from the lake and as then as time goes on increase it a little more where they can see that the money is being put back into the lake," said Ramey.
The City Manager is concerned the city has lost any control over boat docks, noting in some cases no city approval was received to put the docks in the city water.
"There are no agreements any longer. We need to come up with agreements, even if they are yearly agreements where somebody knows what they are allowed to do. None of the docks are on lease property or on the owner property in some cases on Centralia Lake," said Ramey.
The council reached no concurrence and Mayor Tom Ashby was absent for the work session and meeting. Councilman David Sauer wants the boat dock issue to be placed on the council until the issue is resolved. Ramey hopes a solution can be reached in the next few months. However, he doesn't want it to go into effect until January first of next year to give everyone plenty of advance notice of the guidelines.
In other action, the council approved temporary road closures for the 4th of July Veterans Day Parade, as well as the Children's and Adult Halloween Parade. The council also approved placing the Halloween pumpkins on street light poles prior to the Halloween Parade and Fall Festival.
Ramey reported the city staff continues to talk with hotel representatives about locating a new hotel in Centralia. He says the private businesses will have to decide if there is enough business in Centralia to warrant a new facility. Ramey warned the project could never take place or could be several years away.