Some have complained about paying license fees on businesses that open late in the year

For the third meeting in a row, on May 9, City Council members will continue their discussion on business license procedure. In recent council discussions, some members criticized the fairness of a new business opening in the last three months of the year and having to pay $70 for a license and pay it again in January. There is no change in the business late fee.

For the past few months, the city has been moving text from the ordinances in order to separate fees from the ordinance. None of the late fees have changed, just removed from the ordinances. The current late fee for business licenses remains at $25.

Two other ordinances, those for water and sewer services already have been amended and are due for a second reading. The water service and the sewer service amendments already have been voted on, with late fees removed from their texts to a separate area, and will have a final reading on May 9. Council members also will discuss creating a new chapter for utility payment regulations.

Three areas also are up for discussion including ratification of the Clackamas County peace officers association contract, the Molalla alarm process and on the costs involved in creating a possible truck route.

Council members will also hear a public comment from Natalee Litchfield on plastic bags and their impact on the city's environment.

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