“It makes clear that it is a gift for a period of time,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
The new policy includes items such as park benches, bicycle racks, picnic tables, public art, monuments, drinking fountains and flags. It lays out acceptance criteria, maintenance plans and item conditions, and what happens at the end of the “life” of a donated item.
“People give stuff to the city, but what is its life span?” Mayor Geri McCaleb said.
McCaleb noted that people might donate something to the city with good intentions, but it could age or deteriorate beyond its use.
“If we see it is beyond its useful life, we can take it down or find another spot for it,” McCaleb said. “How many things can you have and maintain?”
City officials have pointed out that the policy doesn’t cover larger, long-term items donated to the community. Examples include the Coast Guard boat at Seventh Street and U.S. 31, the 1221 locomotive at Chinook Pier, and the lighthouses.
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