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City considers event fees at park
The Brunswick City Commission is considering levying fees for the usage of the city's parks and squares.

Commissioner Julie Martin presented a draft proposal of rules and regulations during a nonvoting work session Wednesday night preceding the commission's regularly scheduled meeting.

"While we have been permitting the use of (parks and squares) in order to control (events), we have not to date charged any fees," Martin said.

The proposal contains a schedule for both application fees and a refundable maintenance deposit.

The cost for both fees would be $50 for events with fewer than 50 attendees, $100 for events with 50 to 100 guests and $200 for more than 100 attendees.

Nonprofit organizations are exempt from fees but must provide proof of their 501(c)3 certificate, according to the proposal.

Martin said the proposal wasn't formed overnight. She and other city officials researched the rules enforced by other Georgia municipalities such as Savannah, Augusta and Valdosta.

"The fee structure is right in line with all of the other cities we looked at," Martin said.

Fees are needed to provide for the upkeep of the city's parks and squares.

The proposal also outlines rules for the usage of the spaces, set up and clean up, and alcohol beverage consumption.

No action was taken on the proposal Wednesday, but Martin said she hopes to have the item on the agenda for a vote at the next city commission meeting.

In other actions, the city has a new representative on the library board.

Commissioners appointed Mary Nichols to the library board.

Commissioner James Brooks will continue to serve as the city's mayor pro-tem. It will be his third year in the position. The mayor pro-tem chairs city meetings when the mayor is absent and appears at public events when the mayor cannot.

In other news the city commission:

* Approved qualifying fees for the 2013 election.

* Approved an alcohol beverage license for Bottle Time, 1900 First Street.



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