Lacey Council Approves Overhaul of Dock Fees, Opposes Housing Bills

At the recent Lacey Town Council meeting, a significant resolution was passed to overhaul the municipal dock fees, transitioning from a flat rate to a pricing model based on boat size, a change that mirrors state marina fees. The proposed rate is $65 per foot, a measure aimed at generating revenue for future dock investments. This decision is anticipated to have a considerable impact on the local boating community and the funding for dock maintenance and improvements.

In addition to the resolution on dock fees, the council also passed a resolution opposing two state bills, assembly bill number four and Senate bill number 50, which relate to the fair housing act.

The meeting also included the approval of a special use permit for Beacon Pediatrics, which is planning a ribbon-cutting grand opening event. There was a unanimous decision to craft an ordinance to review and potentially increase the construction department fees, keeping them in line with those of surrounding municipalities.

Moreover, the council addressed several other resolutions and appointments, highlighting the diverse range of topics that were discussed. Among these were the execution of a grant agreement for the municipal Alliance program, and the appointment of a plumbing subcode official. The council authorized a leave of absence, and approved refunds related to a performance guarantee for a road opening permit, tax overpayment, and deposit monies. Additionally, the council authorized the payment of Township bills and accepted various monthly reports.

There were also approvals of meeting minutes, new memberships to the Forked River Volunteer Fire Company, and raffle licenses. Council members made comments on a variety of issues, ranging from condolences and congratulations to discussions on tourism, federal grants for road extensions, and the financial challenges of the school district. They voiced concerns about increasing tolls and the congestion on Route 9, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability in financial matters.

Public engagement was a prominent feature of the meeting, with citizens raising issues during the public comments section. A debate ensued about the acceptance of a piece of wetland property, with the council explaining its necessity due to land use board approval and Department of Environmental Protection mandates. Another resident called for clarity on the bill list posting for committee agendas and expressed appreciation for council members’ attendance at an ethics hearing.

Environmental concerns were not left out, as the impact of plastic bags was brought up by a resident who urged for increased recycling options. The council was encouraged to include recycling locations for plastic bags in the local recycling calendar to facilitate better environmental practices.

Other public concerns included confusion about the ownership of the property where the Warden House and Community Hall are situated, with discussions revolving around deed restrictions and property conditions. The meeting time was also debated, with a proposal to shift it back to 7 PM to accommodate more residents, a suggestion that was countered by the council’s explanation of the current timing’s convenience for those working during the day.

The council’s agenda was comprehensive, as they also discussed topics such as tipping fees and community events like a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Peggy Sue Juliano
City Council Officials:
Peter Curatolo, Mark Dykoff, Steven Kennis, Timothy McDonald

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