The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission on Tuesday postponed a decision to establish a five-year expiration date on benches donated to the city, asking that staff expand the proposal to include existing benches as well benches donated in the future.
Staff had proposed putting a five-year limit only on all newly donated benches. After the five years passed, staff would contact the donors for a $200 fee if they wanted to continue sponsoring the benches. That fee would go into a bench maintenance account and would be used for bench upkeep.
But at Tuesday's meeting, the commissioners suggested that the plan include all benches, including those already donated to the city. They also asked staff to consider a sliding fee scale because maintenance costs vary depending on if benches are made from wood, plastic or concrete.
Staff will revise their proposal after discussing it with the city attorney, said Mark Harmon, Newport Beach municipal operations director. The commission will discuss and possibly vote on changes to the bench rules at the group's June meeting, but the City Council would have to approve the changes before they go into effect.