Watertown Teams Face New Pay-For-Play Contracts

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Whether it's on the ice, the gridiron or the diamond, Watertown Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin Gardner has laid out a new policy for Watertown's teams:

If you don't pay, you don't play.

"Each team has to pay on the first of the month for the following month," Gardner said.

"If they don't pay on the first of the month, then they're not taking the field or the ice," she said "and everybody's aware of that."

Gardner and the rest of the department negotiated contracts with the Privateers hockey team, Rams baseball team, and Red and Black football.

The a goal of the contracts was to avoid the problems of the past. 

For example, a 2011 audit found the department failed to collect tens of thousands dollars in fees from groups using the fairgrounds.

Late payments have also been a problem.

Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham says the new approach should help.
 
"The problems that existed in the past will not exist in the future and if people don't pay, they won't avail themselves of the services," Graham said.

Here's a quick breakdown of the proposed contracts and how much they would cost according to last year's schedules:
 

Red and Black

- $1,900 up front for storage space and field usage for practice

- An average of $150 for each of seven home games.
 

Privateers

- $2,000 for locker room and office space

- $100 per hour for 31 games

- $80 per hour for practice.
 

Rams

- $3,000 flat fee for advertising

- At least $125 dollars for each of 24 games

- At least $75 dollars for each practice.

The three proposed contracts will go in front of city council on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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