The City of Claremore approved Monday increases in city permits for boating, fishing and picnic shelter rental and an increased cemetery fee.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Joe Kays presented the proposed changes to the City Council, who passed them unanimously.
The prices for boating permits, fishing permits, and use of the enclosed fishing dock had not been updated since the enclosed dock was built in 2009.
Claremore utility customers can still use a recent, paid utility bill to discount their fishing and boating permits.
The boating permit will increase from $4 a year to $5 a year to and from $2 a day to $3 a day for Claremore utility customers.
The boating permit cost for non-Claremore utility customers is $3 a day or $10 a year.
The new fishing permit will be $3 a day or $10 a year for all.
The fishing permit for the enclosed and heated dock $2 a day for those under age 16 and $3 a day for those age 50 and up, people with disabilities and Claremore utility customers.
The enclosed dock fishing permit is $4 a day for all others.
The picnic shelter rental fee had been set at $25 for the past 16 years, and was bumped to $35, still $15 less expensive than other local park shelter rentals.
The duck blind rental fee increased from $25 to $50 a year.
There was no increase in the duck hunting permit, but as a clarification, the cost is $10 for non-utility customers and free for utility customers, limited to duck hunting season.
City attorney Bryan Drummond said that the ordinance that raised the prices on these parks and recreation activities also made it so that future changes to the rates could be done through the city manager’s office instead of by amending the ordinance.
The cemetery fees have remained unchanged since 2000.
“We called local cemeteries in the surrounding area and did an impromptu survey on what our fees are versus their,” Kays said. “We don’t want to be the top of the game, but we don’t want to be at the bottom either, and we were real close to the bottom.”
Kays said that the new fee for the grave space, $500 as opposed to $460 previously, is around the median cost for the surrounding area.
“It’s a touchy subject. When you lose someone, it’s an emotionally charged atmosphere already,” Kays said. “Still, we can’t provide that service for free.”
The effective date for all the new fees and permit costs is Jan. 1.