City extends room tax agreement

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The room tax agreement between the city and the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will
continue unchanged for another three years.
The council Tuesday approved a three-year extension of the room tax contract.
The city will continue to collect the 7 percent tax on motel and bed and breakfast rooms in the city.
Of that, the chamber gets 90 percent of the first 4 percent and 70 percent of the next 3 percent to use for
tourism promotion. The city keeps the remainder to cover administrative and other costs.
“This is essentially the same contract you've approved in the past,” Director of City Services Brian Yerges,
who serves as the city liaison to the chamber, told the council.
He noted that there will be a change in the reports the chamber provides to the city on its tourism
promotions efforts.
In addition to the quarterly revenue reports the chamber submits, they will now be asked to submit an
annual tourism promotion strategy report for the coming year with their quarterly report in October.
“The city would like to have on file what their annual tourism strategy is,” Yerges explained.
The council also approved a new contract with Humane Services Officer Deborah Enockson.
The contract will be within the budgeted amount for the animal control officer, Yerges explained, but it
clarifies that she is an independent contractor working for the city and not a city employee.
She will be paid $15 for any call, up to 180 calls - not more than $2,700 a year total - but the city will not
provide or pay for any additional training or equipment for Enockson, Yerges said.
In the past, she was paid $10 a call, but the city budgeted a total of $2,700 for the position to include
training and equipment.
The council put off until their Dec. 13 meeting a decision on management of the Plymouth Adult
Community Center after an hour-long discussion in closed session.
The council is faced with choosing between running the center with city staff or contracting with the
Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition to run the former senior center. The center is located in Generations,
the inter-generational center owned and operated by the PIC.
Going with the first option, Yerges said, would require hiring a third part-time person for the PACC. “We
would need to update job descriptions, create an advertisement and it would take some time to fill,” he told
the council members.
He noted that there are a few points in the proposed management agreement with PIC that would have to be
clarified before the city could sign that, “mainly compensation to PIC for operating the PACC.”
Alderperson Jim Sedlacek's motion to table the decision to Jan. 13 passed by a 4-3 vote, with Sedlacek,
John Anderson, Charles Hanson and Jackie Jarvis voting no and Jay Reilly absent.

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