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Commission dicusses city-related fundraising

November 27, 2012
By KYLE WHITNEY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Marquette City Commission began a discussion Monday about the way city groups are allowed to raise funds for projects.

Commissioner Sara Cambensy said she has noticed the city doesn't appear to have a static policy for groups and committees that would like to fund projects.

The police department recently solicited donations for two new police dogs, while other groups have relied on the city for funds.

She said she would like to see a long-term commission discussion about establishing a policy to ensure all groups are operating on the same footing.

If funds for projects were able to occasionally come from outside sources, rather than from the city's general fund, that would be a "win-win" situation, according to Cambensy.

"I think these are vital to really great things that happen in our city and I want to see them continue," she said of the projects undertaken by city groups.

Other commissioners concurred with Cambensy.

"We're kind of all over the map," Commissioner Don Ryan said. "We allowed fundraising with the police department. We don't allow it elsewhere. We gave $75,000 to help build a skatepark."

Commissioner Jason Schneider said he would like to see two commission work sessions - one on how contracts between the city and various boards and committees are dealt with and one on fundraising.

The board unanimously approved a motion requesting city attorney Ron Keefe investigate the matter, before returning to let the commission know what latitude it has under state statute.

Commissioner Mike Coyne was not present Monday.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.



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