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Banks tackles cars, water fees, child protection

At the last Banks City Council meeting of the year Tuesday, Dec. 10, councilors discussed and passed a few agenda items to ring in the new year.

n One extends the time period residents can store vehicles parked on the street from 24 hours to 48 hours, while allowing the city manager to grant exceptions to that rule.

n Another adopts a youth-protection policy, which will require background checks on all city employees and volunteers. Those who have been convicted of abuse crimes involving children or any sex crimes will not be permitted to work with children. All meetings between youth and a city employee should take place in view of other adults. Whenever possible, at least two adults should be present for activities involving children and a city employee. Inappropriate contact such as hitting or touching is not allowed.

n City officials also looked at changing water-billing fees. Currently, the city is losing money on accounts that are paid late, so additional fees may be put in place with door-hanger late notices.

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