The Marina City Council will consider a fee for mobile home park residents Wednesday to cover city costs to enforce a rent control ordinance.

The city has proposed a $3.50 monthly fee, which would raise about $10,000 a year — the amount a consultant said enforcing the measure would cost Marina.

Several mobile homeowners' associations have agreed to the fee, but a council report says the issue is more complicated.

"There may be expectation that if the fees are paid, the city will actively participate in the appeal process or provide grants" to homeowners' associations, a council report says.

Last month, interim City Manager Doug Yount denied rent increase petitions from three mobile home parks — Marina Del Mar, El Camino and Cypress Square — and the park owners subsequently appealed.

The appeal process is involved and potentially costly. The council report says if the council wants the city to actively participate in the appeals "there will be additional costs to the city."

Also Wednesday, the Marina council will consider:

· A detailed report going back to 2005 on changes in community development, public works and airport operations. The council wanted the report as part of a realignment approved Jan. 8 to increase public works and airport staffing.

· Making appointments of Tess Alcantara and Jeffrey Weekley to the Economic Development Commission; Virgil Piper, Margaret Davis, Eugene Doherty and Greg Furey to the Planning Commission; and Garth Ridler, Jaime Rincon, and either Dave McCall or Jane Felton to the Public Works Commission.

· Requests from the city's two cardrooms, Mortimer's Casino and The Marina Club, to expand the number of allowable games. They contend they need to expand their games to remain competitive with other cardrooms in the area.

Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or lparsons@montereyherald.com.


If you go
·What: Marina City Council
·When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
·Where: Council chambers, 211 Hillcrest Ave.