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The City intends to provide standard publication boxes as City functional items [See AMC 13.02.040.C and D] for use by individuals and entities desiring to distribute written materials, regardless whether such publications are offered for free or for a charge. Said publication boxes to be provided by the City shall be located on sidewalks or other public areas in designated locations meeting placement, clearance and separation standards or as otherwise designated on the adopted Downtown Sidewalk Usage Map. City standard publication boxes will at first supplement and later replace privately owned boxes meeting minimum dimensional standards at approved public locations. Until City placement of such City standard publication boxes [anticipated to take a number of years] interim regulations and controls on existing publication boxes (inclusive of news-racks, boxes and other publication racks) shall apply. Unless extended by Council action, all publications must use City publication boxes or be located on private property or in designated areas or free publication zones by July 1, 2012. Unless compliance is exempted, Interim Regulations require compliance with all applicable provisions of AMC 13.03, all special regulations noted therein, and standard forms adopted pursuant to AMC 13.02. Modest fees and charges (sufficient to cover maintenance) may be assessed for use of City publication boxes. City boxes shall be assigned by lot. Privately owned publication boxes will continue to be permitted on private property, with the permission of the owner, and in designated areas and free publication zones, provided they do not interfere with ingress and egress pursuant to Building and Fire Codes. (Ord. 2990, added, 11/01/2009)

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