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San Ramon proposes to raise fees for athletic fields, other city rentals

Among series of service-charge adjustments considered by City Council

The San Ramon City Council is set to debate a proposal to increase fees for renting city athletic fields, pools, event spaces and galleries Tuesday night.

City officials review the fees charged for various city services each year as part of the budget process, and they then make recommendations for changes to the City Council, city clerk Renee Beck wrote in her staff report.

The proposal this year calls for raising fees for renting athletic fields and many other city facilities by 2%, as well as other adjustments to a range of service fees charged by the city.

For San Ramon's athletic turf fields, fees would go up to $7.05 per hour for regular use by youth sports organizations or the school district and $126.47 per day per field for special events for those groups.

For adult organizations, nonprofits and residents, turf field rental fees would increase to $14.08 per hour. Other renter categories are commercial resident ($20.12 per hour) and private or commercial non-resident ($27.50 per hour).

Light fees at sports fields would rise to $21.98 per hour for youth and adult co-sponsored sports groups, nonprofits, city residents or the school district and $43.99 per hour for commercial resident and private or commercial non-resident uses.

Hourly rental of synthetic fields at Tiffany Roberts Park would be $32.99 for co-sponsored sports organizations or the school district, $44.02 for nonprofits and private use by city residents, $54.99 for commercial use by residents and $109.97 for use by non-residents.

Rancho San Ramon Sports Park's synthetic field hourly rental would be $49.49 for youth and adult sports groups or the school district, $66.03 for nonprofits or private use by residents, $82.49 for commercial use by city residents and $164.96 for any use by non-residents.

In all field rentals for use as for-profit camps or tournaments, organizers must pay the city 20% of the total gross revenue or the regular total hourly rate, whichever is higher.

The fee-schedule adjustment proposal also recommends 2% increases for renting the San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center, Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center and gymnasiums at Pine Valley and Iron Horse middle schools.

The proposal would increase the base rate for renting the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center on the weekend to $975, bringing the fee more in line with other similar Bay Area theaters, Beck said.

Also at the Dougherty Valley center, city officials recommend adding a $150 projector fee and, for groups whose rental requires theater employees to work, increasing the hourly rates by $1 for the production manager, house manager, technical staff and box office staff.

The proposal calls for 2% increases to the price of renting picnic spaces at city parks and aquatic centers. It would also create a $50 daily fee for food trucks who operate at city parks with an approved permit.

Additionally, city officials propose creating a $1,000 deposit fee for people who rent the interior of Glass House.

They also recommend increasing the fee to $40 per month plus 20% of sale commissions for nonprofits who host exhibits at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, as well as raising the rental charge for gallery spaces at the library, Dougherty Station Community Center and Alcosta Senior and Community Center.

Among other city services, staff suggests raising the fees charged to applicants for an architectural concept review, a California Environmental Quality Act categorical exemption review and a sign permit review -- in order to better recover staff time spent on those projects.

In police services, the council is asked to up the fine to $300 for those who violate San Ramon's solicitor and peddler permit requirements. "As it stands, there is no incentive for a person to seek a $244 permit when the fine for violation is $100," Beck said.

The councilmen are set to receive the staff report on the fee adjustments Tuesday night, take public input on the proposal, close the public hearing, provide feedback to staff and schedule final adoption of the new fees for the April 12 council meeting.

The fee discussion is the lead item on the council's agenda, due to get underway at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.

In other business Tuesday, the council will discuss appointments to the Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee and hear an update on the new San Ramon City Hall project.

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