Cypress : Permit Fees Waived for St. Irenaeus Fiesta

The City Council has agreed to not charge St. Irenaeus Catholic Church the $426 in fees for the church's 32nd annual Fiesta.

But the council denied the church's request to put banners on city light poles.

The council members noted that city law allows exemption of nonprofit organizations from paying permit fees in some situations.

Fees the city normally would charge for the St. Irenaeus Fiesta totaled $426, said Planning Director Chris Kelly. She said fiesta officials, in addition to seeking a waiver of the fees, asked the city to install banners on city light poles. Kelly recommended that the council not approve the request to install the banners, saying that city work crews would have to do the work.

City Attorney John Cavanaugh also recommended against the request on the banners. "If we allow this, we would have to allow for all [future requests]," Cavanaugh said.

Council members agreed and unanimously voted to reject the request on the banners but to approve the fees waiver.

The church's fiesta is scheduled June 24 and 25.

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