BUZZ Blog: Two city councilors get parking tickets while attending events, while city workers did not
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Two tickets to paradise
Being a city councilor has its perks, but one thing it won't get you: a pass from parking tickets.
Todd Fedora and Jim Stauber found that out last week when they spoke at the Chamber Forum last week, and because they were parked at one-hour spots and the event lasts for a bit longer than that, they both got tickets. They could have parked in the Tech Village garage to avoid those tickets, or, apparently they could have been city employees.
Stauber said that he was parked next to three city vehicles driven by the same employees who attended/the one who spoke at the Forum. None of those vehicles got tickets.
He brought this up during last Thursday's agenda session, to which city CAO David Montgomery said he didn't believe it was right that the vehicles weren't ticketed.
But, city attorney Gunnar Johnson sent an email to the council Friday saying it was his understanding that "city vehicles on official business do not receive parking tickets."
That begs the question: were the employees there on official city business? Economos, a speaker at the Forum, said he was coming from a job site and would return to it at the end of the Forum. The other city workers at the Forum seemed like they were there to support Economos -- they were all part of the AFSCME bargaining team.
It begs another question: how many comments will I get on this post? I'm putting the over/under at 35.