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The Watertown Red and Black semipro football and Watertown Rams collegiate baseball teams are asking the city to let local caterers sell refreshments at their games this summer.

The teams would like the city to amend their lease agreements at the city-owned Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Tonight the Watertown City Council will be asked to approve separate resolutions that would allow a third party to run concessions at the teams’ games and events.

Council members must approve the amendments as required by the state Liquor Authority. They already had approved the lease agreements with the teams.

But Red and Black coach George Ashcraft recently approached Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin E. Gardner about allowing Johnny D’s, the restaurant in the Paddock Arcade, to provide food and nonalcoholic drinks at football games.

Under the amendment, the flat fee the football team pays would increase from $250 to $700 to cover the city’s costs for the games.

The Rams, formerly the Watertown Wizards, have asked for Savory Beverages and Beyond to run concessions during their games. They would pay the city $2,800 for the season.

Both arrangements are similar to what the Thousand Islands Privateers had with Savory for their Federal Hockey League games during the past season.

Tonight the council will also be asked to contribute $5,000 to the Disabled Persons Action Organization’s summer concert series. The money would be used to market the concerts.

Also on the agenda is a series of fees for the Parks Department’s summer activities and programs. The fees are for such old standbys as swimming, golf and tennis lessons, T-ball and youth baseball.

The fees are also for new programs, including adult kickball and volleyball leagues, a boot camp exercise program for adults, horseback riding, family yoga, children’s Zumba, scuba diving lessons, a youth running club and a fishing clinic.

Those fees were introduced in May but revamped on council members’ instructions. They thought some programs would cost too much. They also wanted city residents to pay less than those who live outside the city.

The council’s work session will start at 7 p.m. in City Hall’s third-floor council chambers.

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