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Neal raises questions about Park Theatre fees
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A committee decision to set the fees for Park Theatre and not allow full city board consideration concerns at least one alderman. Alderman Mike Neal requested and received an opinion from Municipal Technical Advisory Service that says the fee structure must receive full board approval.“It is my opinion that any fees to be charged by a governing body must be set by ordinance, and this duty cannot be delegated to an appointed board,” said Melissa Ashburn, legal consultant for MTAS. “Only if a statute permits specific fees to be set by resolution or by other bodies is this rule not applicable. I do not know what general law the city relied on to establish this board, but if it does not state that the established board sets fees, then that duty cannot be delegated.On March 10, Parks and Recreation Committee members Ben Newman, chairman, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner met to review a proposed lease agreement, as well as a fee structure for Park Theatre use.