Donation drop boxes and park fees are two topics on Tuesday's Winchester City Council meeting.
Councilors are going to be voting on what to do about donation drop boxes. These are big metal boxes you usually see in parking lots where you can drop off things to be reused by other people. Some of these collection boxes are brought in by organizations outside of Winchester. Some Winchester leaders are worried about where organizations take the donated items once local residents drop them off. Sometimes, organizations take the donations and distribute them outside of the area.
"So the attention has come to us as it has in other localities, and we will be taking a look at that and creating an ordinance that will require anyone who drops boxes off to apply for a permit," said Winchester City Councilor Milt McInturff.
This will allow the City to control who puts up the boxes and where the donations go. At Tuesday's meeting, Winchester City Councilors will also be voting on park group user fee increases.
"If you can show us you have X number of Winchester citizens using this facilities we'll give you a discount so it is really putting in place a level playing field from a cost standpoint on who pays for the use of their city park," said McInturff. "Meaning a Winchester citizen versus who pays for the use of a city park that they're visiting."
Winchester Parks and Rec says these fees need to be increased in order to keep providing the quality of services they're providing. Again, the new fee formula will allow user groups to get a discount the more Winchester residents they have.
Officials say this new fee structure will reduce the burden on the city taxpayers and place more responsibility on the user groups. Tuesday's meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall.
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