Langley City is giving the owners of newspaper boxes on public property a time limit to remove them or pay to get them out of the public works yard.
Council got into a debate on Oct. 7 over how to deal with boxes that have been covered in graffiti and had their papers strewn about.
The City receives about $1,000 in revenue from the box owners but staff contend that the costs to deal with the problems exceed that.
"Why would you just bump up the cost per newspaper box?" asked Councillor Dave Hall.
The City brought in a policy on newspaper boxes on public property in 2005 during the skyrocketing growth of commuter papers, many of which have since been discontinued. The boxes brought in a $25 per year fee to the City which has about 40 of them.
Coun. Teri James said after seeing boxes be a problem for many months, she took photos about two months ago, and the owners were contacted. Nothing has been done to fix the graffiti, vandalism and trash issues.
"They're just an ongoing problem," she said.
Surrey has banned newspaper boxes on public property and others are considering it, noted City administrator Francis Cheung.
"We ban enough things already in this town," said Coun. Jack Arnold.
Coun. Gayle Martin countered that the boxes are now just clutter. Council decided to repeal the bylaw allowing the boxes and will notify owners. They will have a time limit to remove them or have to pay.
The Langley Advance does not have such boxes in the City.
@ Copyright 2013