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City Council to discuss new Parks Department fees


The Watertown City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session about proposed fees changes to rent the facilities at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Last week, council members discussed the changes but took no action because Councilman Joseph M. Butler Jr. and Jeffrey M. Smith wanted more information about the new fees.

City staff has proposed charging flat fees for patron parking and for operating food concessions at concerts and other events. Under the changes, the Disabled Persons Action Organization and other promoters would have to pay the city $1,500 in new parking fees for shows held inside the municipal arena or $3,000 for outdoor events at the city-owned fairgrounds. It would be up to the concert promoter to decide how much to charge ticket-buyers for parking. In the past, city employees collected a parking fee from each car. Concert promoters and vendors also would be charged either a flat fee of $250 to share food concession sales with the city or $1,000 if the city’s concession stand is closed and they sell food on their own.

Under the current fee structure, promoters pay 10 percent of gross revenues for food concessions, $1,000 for rent and $500 each for setup on the day before the show and take-down the following day.

The work session was changed to Tuesday because of Columbus Day. The meeting will be held in the third-floor council chambers in City Hall.

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