The Minocqua town board on Tuesday, March 4, could enact a formal fee structure for public use of town facilities, including parks.
The proposal is principally geared toward large events and would allow some uses free of charge, according to town Clerk Roben Haggart.
Haggart said the town has imposed fees in the past, but on an informal basis.
Among the fees that could be assessed:
• Large events at parks, which range in price from $100 for residents to $200 for users deemed for-profit.
• Small events at parks, which range in price from $0 for residents, $100 for non-residents and $200 for users deemed for-profit.
• Athletic groups that want to schedule use of the Minocqua Center gymnasium would have to pay $10 per hour up to $50 every six months. The gym would otherwise be free for individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• $200 for large events in the Minocqua Center gymnasium, such as weddings and rummage sales.
A copy of the proposed fee schedule may be viewed here.
Town Supervisor Billy Fried, who chairs the town’s parks committee, said the town has seen an increase in requests by the public to use facilities. The fees would help pay for maintenance and garbage removal, he said.
“It’s not any glorious revenue-generating-type fees,” Fried said.
The parks committee looked at fee schedules other municipalities have enacted. No one on the committee objected to the proposed fee policy, according to Fried.
The board is scheduled to consider the proposed fee schedule Tuesday, March 4, with the meeting set to begin at 6 p.m.