Parking Problems - And Response (3)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Roy, you hit it right on the nail.  I do not see why we should have to even pay to park on the street on the weekends.  That is when lots of visitors come into town, and you know they have no clue to what these {new parking police} are doing, so they may park for more than two hours, but to have to come back to your car with a huge ticket and not even live here, that would make me very upset too. 

And for a handicap person to have to pay to park at all is ridiculous.  And what was the parking patrol doing, just standing there and watching him get out of the car?  I wish we could go to town and enjoy the many things that are there and not have to worry about a ticket every time.   

Roy, I really enjoy reading your articles every day, so have a good day.

Sandy Cantrell

* * * 

I agree with Sandy and Roy.  This parking situation in Chattanooga is absurd. The city has given parking enforcement over to an outfit which makes its money in parking cars. The contract to allow Republic Parking to enforce the already unfair city parking regulations also allows them to force taxpaying citizens to use their garages.  This situation should be raising a lot of questions in people's minds. 

How come the city can't properly administer the city's own street park regulations efficiently? Republic Parking had to hire more employees, train them, and outfit them in order to perform the contract's duties. Republic Parking is a profit-making business, so it certainly isn't enforcing the city's parking regulation out of the goodness of its heart.  So it's actually making money doing what the city is taking tax dollars from us to do. 

Have the parking regulations been changed without input or notification to the public?  Persons with a valid handicap permits have always allowed to park in otherwise restricted zones, and are not required to pay.  Unless the regulations have been changed, the hired parking enforcers are evidently not lawfully ticketing handicapped motorists.  Parking after hours and on weekends has always been free.  Another instance where these hired parking enforcers are "encouraging" us to use Republic Parking's lots. 

Everett Kidder

* * * 

Interesting. A handicapped person parked briefly in a loading zone on a Sunday and got a parking ticket? Evidently I need a c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e copy of the new parking regulations for Chattanooga. 

I spent three years and $9,000 to get my handicapped tag. The money went to a local lawyer that I presume adds to the tax base of Chattanooga? I figure I have paid for a few parking privileges locally? I will definitely stay in the 'legal' parking zones and spaces 24/7/365 [since having a handicapped tag does not entitle anyone to park in "no parking" areas to begin with]. 

Thanks for the heads up.  

Ted Ladd
East Ridge

* * * 

It's a rare moment for me to feel qualified to comment on much of anything.  In this case, however, having the dubious honor of being the first person to have his car towed and auctioned for parking tickets gives me a unique perspective. Yeah, makes me proud.  

Actually I feel like the village idiot.  Anyway, why not pay for the right to park when we register our cars?  In Los Angeles we were sectioned by our home and work zip codes and given stickers for our license tag based on those zip codes.  If we wanted to legally park everywhere we simply purchased the "everywhere" sticker every time we registered our tags. It seems to be a very easy and cost effective way of managing the parking issue.   

As far as out-of-towners - make all of the meters 6-8 hours and make it a reasonable fee - maybe $0.25/hour.  We can reduce the cost of parking enforcement, generate revenue and to some degree give credit to those of us who work and/or live in the downtown area. It's just a thought. 

George Parker


Kudzu Incursion On Scenic Highway

I don't know if I am the only Lookout Mountain resident to notice that Scenic Highway is about to be one and a half lanes. Kudzu is encroaching over the guard rail and onto the road. In many places you can no longer tell where the road ends and the guard rail begins. A number of new and older drivers don't need to be guessing about where the road ends. Tommy Dickinson (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)