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Finance Committee wants to see numbers

Ironton City Council’s Finance Committee wants to see the cost in writing before they recommend a fee schedule for the marina to council.

Thursday, June 07, 2001

Ironton City Council’s Finance Committee wants to see the cost in writing before they recommend a fee schedule for the marina to council.

Committee members are wanting to know how much construction will cost for the upgrades the mayor’s office is considering at the site. Committee members said they do not want to see the marina become a debt to the city.

Jim Tordiff, committee chairman, said it would be "tough to justify" taking on a debt to city employees who voluntarily gave up pay raises in order to save the city some money.

Council member Richard Price said he would like to see the Mayor Bob Cleary present a budget to council so council members can assess how much rent should be charged to boaters in order to offset the city’s cost to renovate the boat docks.

"I, as a councilman, cannot vote on a rate until I know how much it is going to cost," Price said.

This meeting comes almost a week after the finance committee recommended a flat rental fee – including electric and water hookup – of $45 for boats up to 20-feet long with a $2 per foot cost for boats over the 20-foot mark. This price was recommended to council by the mayor’s office.

The finance committee expects to have the construction estimates by early next week. The ordinance proposal committee members recommended last week will also go before council at next Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance requires three readings. Committee members hope to have an amendment to the ordinance prepared after reviewing the cost estimates from the mayor’s office.