'Productive' Meeting Could Pave Way For DPAO Fee Waiver

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Officials say it was a productive meeting Tuesday morning between Watertown's parks and recreation department and the Disabled Persons Action Organization.

They were discussing the possibility of waiving fees for water and sewer hookups for trailers during concerts.

"It was a wide-open meeting," said the DPAO's Joe Rich, "and we talked about everything."

"I think there's a good understanding between both the city and DPAO," Rich said.

Erin Gardner, director of parks and recreation, says she'll stand by DPAO if they ask the city council to waive the fees.

"I'm going to support them to be waived if they choose to go to council for them to be waived," she said.

The request for a waiver has to go before the Watertown city council for approval.

The fees, which DPAO officials say came from left field, had the not-for-profit organization considering moving its concerts out of town.

They say they need the fees waived because they didn't budget for them for their 2013 summer concert series.

This year it would be a fee of $645, but in most years it could be as high as $2,500.

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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