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Dozens of Plant City benches to be removed

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PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) -

There are a bunch of benches in Plant City that could be going away soon.

Plant City city council members will decide whether to remove the benches spread across the city. The council members said the benches served no purpose, except to make the company that put them there money.

"These benches have been here for over 35 years,"  Plant City mayor Mary Mathis said.

She added for decades, more than 40 benches have sat on the sides of roads, with no real purpose.

"If citizens were walking and they wanted to sit or riding a bike, to take a rest they could," she said. "But I have never seen anybody, as I've been riding around the city, sit on these benches."

She also pointed out, the benches are eyesores. So last month city leaders voted to bench the benches. They want to end the contract with Metropolitan Systems who installed them, and get the benches removed. 

The council agreed to remove them. If they adopt that decision at the meeting Monday,  the benches will be gone in 30 days.

"There was a contract set up with this company to put them here, we did have a bus system and you can see now there are basically over 42 around the city and they're used mostly for advertisement," Mathis said.

A part of the proceeds from the advertising goes to the Plant City Lions Club. It used to benefit the Plant City Jaycees.

The company spokesperson Andrew Moos said there were years when the benches made no money and the charities were still given donations. He said for about a year donations did stop, but resumed in some time.

Together with the Lions Club they plan to fight the benches removal.

"We are going to propose to the city that we work with the public works department in trying to relocate some of the benches so that they are where the city wants them to be," Moos said.

Right now the city leaders want the benches gone. But they say, they will listen to what Metropolitan System proposes.

"We will give the company due diligence if they come forth at the meeting on Monday. Otherwise, we'll move on with the vote on the resolution," Mathis said.

That meeting is Monday Aug. 12 in Plant City city hall at 7:30 p.m.

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