Going to the chapel and we're gonna to get married.
Going to City Hall and we're gonna to get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're gonna to get married.
Going to the chapel of love.
—Chapel Of Love lyrics © EMI Music Publishing (except for the City Hall part)
Yes, you can get married at City Hall — if you're an Alameda resident — and no, the ceremony doesn't include much in the way of bells and whistles. That could change a bit if the city council approves a proposal (no pun intended) from City Clerk Lara Weisiger to add some fees and services to the basic civil marriage ceremony.
"The Clerk's office would like to expand civil marriage ceremonies to accommodate nonresidents and offer additional services, including event management, video recording (of) ceremonies and photography services," Weisiger writes in a memorandum.
A resolution authorizing her suggestions is among the items coming before the city council Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Expanded marriage fees and services could make a modest contribution to the city budget.
"In the past, approximately 15 ceremonies were performed annually," Weisiger says. "Since July 1, 2011, nine ceremonies have been booked by the City Clerk's office. If 60 ceremonies are performed annually, approximately $20,000 in fees would be collected. Revenue would be deposited into the General Fund."
She suggests a processing fee of $50; an hour's site rental for $120, or $220 if you'd like a video recording of the ceremony; $25 for insurance (or a signed Indemnity and Hold Harmless form); and $70 per hour for an event manager/photographer.
A marriage license is extra and must be obtained in person from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office, 1106 Madison St., Oakland. It will cost you $96.
The mayor, city council members and two City staff members were appointed as deputy marriage commissioners by Alameda County in July 2008, with the right to legally perform civil marriage ceremonies, Weisiger notes. Initially ceremonies were restricted to Alameda residents and cost $50. The city clerk's office began to administer the ceremonies at the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The council's Oct. 4 meeting will include a public hearing on the marriage proposal — uh, proposition — uh, resolution.
There's lots more on the agenda, including a report on the status of the city's athletic fields and Mayor Marie Gilmore's nominations to the Youth Advisory Commission. [Updated Oct. 3: the report on the status of the city's athletic fields has been item continued until the Dec. 13 city council meeting.]
However, a recommendation to approve a Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Alameda and regarding application processing and preparation of a property exchange agreement related to a land exchange (i.e., the golf course issue) has been postponed to Oct. 18. [Updated Oct. 3: this item has been continued until the Dec. 13 city council meeting.]
A recommendation to approve the "major deal points" for an agreement with KemperSports for maintenance and operation of the and to direct city staff to prepare a lease agreement for council consideration is still on the table for for Oct. 4. [Updated Oct. 3: this item has been continued until the Dec. 13 city council meeting.]
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the third floor council chambers at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
You may download the meeting agenda and related documents at the city website here.