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Parks & Public Spaces

Proposed Automated Pay Toilet for Madison Square Park

WHEREAS, The City Department of Transportation has a franchise agreement with Cemusa, Inc. to place 20 automated public toilets throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, The Department's Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise Unit has identified 50 possible locations that conform to a comprehensive set of criteria; and

WHEREAS, The City would like the very first facility to be placed in Madison Square Park in June of 2007, and

WHEREAS, The facility will offer comfort, hygiene, accessibility and security to the public; and

WHEREAS, All fifty facilities will be of the same design unique to New York City; and

WHEREAS, The Art Commission will be reviewing the design of the facility; and

WHEREAS, Those structures that are placed in parks will not include advertising and the Board will oppose any such advertising; and

WHEREAS, The cost to use the facility will be twenty-five cents; and

WHEREAS, A space for the 6'-7" by 12' structure was specified in plans for the park's most recent renovation, facing Madison Avenue near the corner of 23rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The Parks Department and Madison Square Parks Conservancy, consider this a desirable park amenity; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Transportation has proposed the hours of operation from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and has agreed to modify those hours to suit community needs; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval to place an Automatic Public Toilet in Madison Square Park.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 34 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstentions.

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