(A Ferndale View by Dennis Hoeppner)
(Read at City Council Call to Audience Feb 14, 2011)
At the January 24th Council meeting the Council brought up a parking meter issues. Councilwoman Piana was worried that the City was not charging for the meters on an even basis. Well, she is right in a sense. If it is a for-profit group blocking the meters, then charge them. If it’s a non-profit organization blocking the meters, don’t charge them.
My reason for this rationale is this. All the money that a for-profit group takes in goes into their pockets. All the money that a nonprofit takes in goes to charity. Which brings me to the Rib Tent in the parking lot behind Dino’s on February 5th. Dean Bach [owner of Dino’s Lounge and organizer of the annual Rib Burn Off] was correct in stating that the extra people at the Rib Cook Off brought in more people on a Saturday afternoon, even with the snowstorm, but that’s not my point. My point is that for every dime in fees that you charge a nonprofit organization is money you take away from a charity, in this case The Ferndale Youth Assistance and Midwest AIDS Coalition.
To view the Jan. 24, 2011 City Council meeting, go to http://ferndale-mi.granicus.com/MinutesViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=170.
To read more about the Rib Burn Off check out our two previous stories:
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