City officials have come to a compromise that will allow firefighters to continue a 60-year tradition of conducting their “Fill the Boot” campaign by soliciting contributions in the street.
Earlier this year, councilors passed an ordinance banning all collections on public ways in the city.
Mayor James J. Fiorentini vetoed the ordinance, saying firefighters should be allowed to continue their fundraising efforts for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
This week, the council accepted a suggestion from the mayor that the firefighters be allowed to collect over Labor Day weekend only in front of the Water Street Fire Station.
City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua opposed the compromise, saying veterans organizations, service groups, student athletes and others also should be allowed to solicit donations on city streets.
Councilor Michael S. McGonagle said the city’s public safety officials opposed allowing the other groups to collect in the street, calling it a safety hazard.
McGonagle said he will work with local veterans groups on an alternative fundraiser.