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by Michael Prochaska

Months after approving a 50 percent hike in traffic fines, the Watkinsville City Council is doubling the cost to rent out the picnic shelters at Harris Shoals Park. The change will go into effect Nov. 1.

According to city officials, the fees have not changed in at least six years, but public use of the picnic shelters at the park has increased significantly.

“As a result, the city’s cost to maintain the shelters has also increased,” according to a memo that City Administrator Sharyn Dickerson sent to Mayor Dave Shearon and the city council members.

Before the vote last Wednesday, the city charged $25 for four hours and $45 for the entire day. The new prices will be $50 for four hours and $90 for the entire day. Individuals or groups have the flexibility of choosing their own hours.

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