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Public Hearings     |     City Council Agendas & Summaries


Public Hearings for December 12, 2000 include:

I.    FEE INCREASES

1.    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES

2.    PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC

3.    INCREASE FEES FOR RECREATION PROGRAMS

4.    HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

5.    PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SERVICES

6.    REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL RATE


II.  LOCATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING TOWER

1.   PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING TOWER

 

 


 

 

I.    FEE INCREASES

1.    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES

Recommendation: The City of Berkeley Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division, is proposing a 4% increase for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 and Fiscal Year 2001-2002 in Health and Sanitation Permits and Fees for Fixed Units and Demand Services, to offset the cost of living, fringe benefits, and non-personnel costs.  Fees in the Environmental Health Division were last adjusted in July 1999.   

For further information, please call Alex Schnieder, Director of Environmental Health, Health and Human Services, 644-6510. 


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2.    PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC

Recommendation:  The City of Berkeley Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to revise its fee structure and fee policy for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 for the Public Health Clinic family planning and sexually transmitted infections clinical services to cover the costs of operating the programs.  The family planning and sexually transmitted infection services include clinical exam, counseling on pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infection and HIV prevention, lab work and medications, if needed.  The proposed fee structure differs from the current fee structure as follows:

SERVICES Change proposed

Usual & Customary

Current

Males

Current

Females

New Patient – Brief Exam $35 $60 $90
New Patient - Limited Exam 65 60 90
New Patient - Intermediate Exam 95 60 90
New Patient - Comprehensive Exam 105 60 90
Established Patient- Brief Exam 25 60 90
Est. Patient- Minimal Exam 35 60 90
Est. Patient- Limited Exam 35 60 90
Est. Patient- Intermediate Exam 70 60 90
Est. Patient- Comprehensive Exam 70 60 90

The Public Health Clinic would continue to provide comprehensive and confidential family planning and sexually transmitted infections clinical services at the 830 University Ave location.  For further infor-
mation, please call Cate Teuten, Public Health Clinic, Health and Human Services Department, 665-7316.


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3.    INCREASE FEES FOR RECREATION PROGRAMS

Recommendation:  The City of Berkeley Department of Health and Human Services, Recreation Division, is proposing a 3% increase for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 and Fiscal Year 2001-2002 for all programs under the purview of Recreation; Aquatics; Sports; and Recreation Centers for adults and youth to cover the higher costs for program operations.

For further information, please call Madalyn Law, Recreation Programs Administrator, Health and Human Services, 644-6530.


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4.     HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Recommendation: 
The City of Berkeley Housing Department is proposing to revise the fee structure for services rendered through the Housing Code Enforcement Program.  The Program includes inspections of units and buildings initiated by tenant-complaints as well as inspections of multi-unit buildings in the Neighborhood Strategy Areas (South and West Berkeley) as part of the Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP).   

The proposed fee structure differs from the current fee structure as follows:

  • The calculation of fees for both the tenant complaint and RRIP programs will be the same; 

  • Property owners will be charged for each initial investigation inspection in which one or more housing code violations are found and, except for the first reinspection in which code compliance is obtained, all other reinspections; and

  • The fees charged will be:  $125 for each inspection or reinspection of the first two units or common public areas within a building complex in which fees are assessed; and $75 for each inspection and reinspection of all additional units.

The proposed fee structure is intended to assist the City in covering more of the costs associated with housing code enforcement.   The revised fee structure will generate approximately $215,000 in revenue per fiscal year beginning July 1, 2001.  For further information, contact Mr. Carlos Romo, Supervising Housing Inspector, at 644-6445.


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5.     PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SERVICES

Recommendation:
  The City of Berkeley Planning and Development Department is proposing to revise the schedule of  fees for development-related services provided by the Planning and Development Department. The new fees will become effective 60 days from Council action, if adopted.  The proposed increases are calculated to provide funds to cover increased costs including a projected 3% cost-of-living adjustment and to recover more of the expense of under-funded services. A summary of the proposal follows: 

Building and Safety:
No increase to fees for Building Permits, Plan Check and related services.

Engineering:
  15% increase to all fees to partially cover increased costs since 1992, except as follows:

  • No increase to Deposits;

  • No increase to fees for street use by homeowners for debris boxes;

  • A new category of fee for No Parking Signs for spaces with meters equal to the cost of a meter, currently $6.75 per day.

Zoning and Landmarks and Condominium Conversions: Adjustment to fees that do not recover 50% of costs of service including as follows:

  • No increase to fees for Appeals, Final Design Review, Home Occupation, certain Use Permits and Variances, Zoning Certificates and Hourly Rate Charge;

  • An increase in certain fees in Zoning by 29% to 56%, Design Review by 5% to 97%, Landmarks by 177% to 455% and Environmental Review by 55% to 171%.

Toxics Management: To recover actual costs of providing different services as tracked this year, redistribute costs between activities and restructure the basis for charging certain fees, including as follows:

  • An increase in Underground Storage of Hazardous Materials fees from by 133% to 200%;

  • A restructuring of Hazardous Materials Release, Response and Inventory fees:

  1. Lower First Filing/Application   by 33%, increase Radiological Agent Registration by 100%, and not change other Registration fees, except

  2. To alter the basis for calculating the Hazardous Materials Response Plans and Inventory Registration Permit in accordance with other cities and lowering the rates so that there is a small overall decrease in charges.

  • A restructuring of Hazardous Waste Generator and Treater Permit/Registration fees in compliance with state guidance so that fees increase more gradually with greater amount of chemicals; and

  • An increase in the charge for hourly services by 12.5%.

For further information, contact Dan Lambert, Senior Management Analyst, Planning and Development Department at (510) 705-8123.


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6.      REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL RATE 

The City of Berkeley Public Works Department is proposing an increase in Refuse Collection and Disposal fees.  The proposed increase of 3% is to provide for inflationary increases for refuse and recycling services.

For further information, contact Patrick Keilch, Deputy Director, Public Works Department, 644-6622.


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II.  LOCATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING TOWER

The City Council will hear a report and take public testimony on the issues concerning the location,height and any alternatives for the recently installed public safety building tower located next to the new public safety building on the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

For further information, please call Rene Cardinaux, Public Works Director, 665-3460


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