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If you sell hotdogs, snow cones or other items at any of the city’s parks, you may have to pay a $50 fee.

Tonight, the Watertown City Council will discuss a new set of vending fees for individual events, as proposed by the Parks and Recreation Department. The new $50 vending fee would be imposed for Thompson Park, the Marble Park fields, Kostyk fields and the North Side Athletic fields.

The fees would be for such vendors who sell food, refreshments and other items as such events as softball tournaments, a planned Pop Warner football tournament and other athletic events, said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin E. Gardner.

The vendors have never been charged before.

“They went and put up shop, and nobody knew about it,” she said, adding it would be make it more “consistent” because venders are charged at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

With a new management team, the Parks Department has made many changes during the past year or so in the way it does business and the programs it offers. The Parks Department also has established a series of new fees for concert promoters and other groups that use the fairgrounds.

This spring, council members also approved adding some and increasing some fees for non-city residents who pay for swimming and golf lessons.

On Monday night, council members also plan to discuss replacing the cedar shake roof on a historic pavilion at Thompson Park. The roof is falling apart, city officials said.

They will also talk about repairing or replacing rest rooms at Thompson Park.

In other business, council members will consider charging the Figure Skating Club of Watertown $18,000 for bulk ice time at the municipal arena at the fairgrounds. They will also consider charging $45,000 to the Watertown Minor Hockey Association for bulk ice time there.

Council members will meet at 7 tonight in the third-floor council chambers in City Hall, 245 Washington St.

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