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Vendor fees to be discussed

The Selma City Council is turning to the city’s residents to help decide prices for vendor licenses.

The council will have a public hearing to decide prices for vendor and peddler licenses at 4 p.m. Thursday at the St. James Hotel. The council’s work session will follow the public hearing.

Since the measure’s introduction in July, the council has changed the prices several times. Originally, the council discussed a $50 fee per day for events such as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

A later draft of the ordinance decreased vendor licenses to $30 per day for the first day and $10 per days for subsequent days. Non-store retailers, or peddlers, would be charged $50 daily and $75 weekly.

During a recent council work session, Bridge Crossing Jubilee organizer Sam Walker spoke out against the pricing methods.

“An additional amount tacked on to what we have already asked our vendors to pay would kill some of the momentum that we are trying to create,” Walker said.

After Walker’s comments, City Councilman Greg Bjelke proposed a new pricing method, which would have charged one bulk fee to organizers rather than individual vendors.

City Councilman Cecil Williamson proposed a public hearing after hearing Bjelke’s idea as a way to gauge the opinion of organizations that would be affected.

“I think it’s important to have the organizations that we are going to be charging weigh in and tell us what they think,” Williamson said.