By David F. Rooney
City Council has just six public hearings on vacation rental applications left on its plate this year and the mayor and councillors will surely be glad when they are done.
Since early this autumn, Council has been holding public hearings on applications for 125 vacation rental beds submitted by city residents.
Mayor Mark McKee said it has been a long haul and both he and the rest of Council will be glad to see the last of the hearings at their next meeting on December 20. The hearings have tacked an extra hour or more onto their regular meetings, not to mention the extra hours spent reading the applications, letters and comments both for and against, and the staff reports attached to them.
But that doesn’t mean that Council’s work is done when when the last public hearing is closed. McKee said bit staff and Council will have more work to do on the process early in the new year.
If you’d like to see how Council voted during their almost-three-hour meeting on Tuesday, December 6, please activate the YouTube players below. Part 1 is entirely dedicated to the public hearings while Part 2 covers both public hearings and the regular Council meeting. Part 3 is just the regular Council meeting.