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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 18:46:01 +0000 (UTC)

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Hi Mr. Passmann,

I'm delighted to see that the topic of the Newspaper Rack Ordinance has returned to the City Council.

This topic has been on the minds of both city staff and the general public for a very long time. It would be wonderful to make some progress on developing standards and following through with them, before the end of the year.

In reviewing the Staff Report # 19-221-CC several options were outlined, including

    1- No Ordinance / Status quo

    2- Adopting the Proposed Ordinance

    3- A modified Ordinance, or a

    4- New Ordinance.

Frankly, the status quo results in a high price being paid by the merchants and others, with a potential consequence of having yet one more reason NOT to shop downtown. Many of the existing racks are broken, no longer being used, contain graffiti, etc. I'm not sure if anybody supports this option.

The Proposed Ordinance was a good first run; however, in reviewing it, the ordinance falls short on a few levels and potentially creates more problems than it solves.

I FAVOR A MODIFIED ORDINANCE, making a few technical corrections to the proposed ordinance.

A new ordinance starts the process all over again and it is possible that it could extend the process of addressing this ongoing issue for a considerable amount of time.

I look forward to the City Council's discussion.


Jim Lewis
Received on Sat Oct 19 2019 - 11:37:51 PDT

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