Wildomar changes business registration fee structure

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The Wildomar City Council poses with resident David Lower who was presented with a proclamation commemorating his 100th birthday during the Wednesday, Oct. 9, meeting of the council. City of Wildomar photo

Wildomar city council voted Wednesday, Oct. 9, to approve a business registration program ordinance amendment to increase fees and would change exemptions on home-based businesses and agreed to pay for shade structures at two local parks.

“One of the big changes that we are proposing is business registration fees for home based businesses,” James Riley, the city finance director, said. “Currently we don’t charge a fee for that.

“Our current fee for new registrations is $49 for new businesses and then there’s a $35 renewal fee,” he said.

The amendment’s approval means that home-based businesses will now pay $75 for registration and $50 to renew.

“This falls right in line with the neighboring cities around us,” Riley said.

Councilmember Joseph Morabito objected to the fee change and did not vote to approve the amendment.

The council also unanimously approved more than $150,000 to be allocated for the purchasing of shade structure equipment and awarding of a construction contract to install the equipment at Marna O’Brien and Windsong parks.

One resident was critical of the money being spent on projects like shade structures when, he said, the roadways are in bad conditions.

“I hope you all realize that funding nice-to-haves to the detriment of our critical infrastructure is not sustainable,” resident Monte Goddard said. “It may make us feel good in the short term, but it is not smart budgeting.”

Councilmember Bridgette Moore took exception.

“Shade structures in parks aren’t just wants, they’re needs,” Moore said. “And they are safety for our children and adults who go there.”

The council also gave City Manager Gary Nordquist authorization to sign a special event memorandum of understanding with Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation to help raise funds for repairs to the reserve damaged by the Tenaja Fire last month.

The MOU means the city will continue to host the Rooted in Nature event at Marna O’Brien Park for the next two years.

The council decided ultimately to table an item that proposed to change the name of Wildomar Road to Old Wildomar Road.

Goddard mentioned that the added expense to the 114 residents affected by the name change should be considered by the council.

“I think this is something we need to push back on the county on,” councilmember Ben Benoit said. “I think this is something that is something very small and in the minutia.

“If there would ever be a change on that road, I think we would tie it in with a postal change and getting it a Wildomar postal address.”

The city council unanimously approved the consent calendar which included the second reading of Ordinance No. 172, the Tobacco Code Amendment relating to tobacco retailing businesses, hookah lounges and vapor lounges.

They also approved a new conflict of interest code amendment, the third amendment to right of way acquisition and relocation services agreement with Property Specialists Inc. and annexation No.17 into the Community Facilities District for KB Home Coastal Inc.

Before the meeting, the city also heard a presentation from William Collier Elementary School and presented proclamations to David Lower for his 100th birthday and the Community Candlelight Tribute. They also acknowledged Wildomar as a Purple Heart City.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.