Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Power of the Press (or whatever Gossips is)

Soon after "Gotcha!" was published on Monday morning, I received an email from First Ward Alderman Sarah Sterling saying that she believed Labor Day was one of the holidays on which alternate side of the street parking was suspended, and she would look into it. The outcome of Sterling's initiative was reported to me today by Common Council President Don Moore:
In large measure due to your alert about the parking tickets issued on Labor Day for alternate side of the street violations, and with the assistance of Alderman Sarah Sterling, the matter has been resolved. Hudson Police Department Commissioner Ronald Grant Friday evening informed me that the tickets issued for that infraction were in error and all will be voided. If a ticket has been paid, a refund will be issued. I have expressed my appreciation to the Commissioner and to HPD Chief Richardson for handling the matter professionally and quickly. Last year an agreement was reached with the Common Council to suspend alternate side of the street parking regulations on five holidays. The HPD officers on duty Labor Day were not informed of the suspension of alternate side regulations, the sort of lapse to which we are all subject. The Commissioner has offered his apologies, expressed his appreciation for having the matter called to his attention, and remedied it. For the record, the holidays as conveyed to me by the Commissioner when alternate side parking [regulations] are suspended include: New Year's Eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve.

1 comment:

  1. Now if only the HPD would move their police car which has been parked in front of my business since Wednesday - 5 days ago - not feeding meters, not getting tickets, taking up valuable visitor customer space - which is the purpose of now FOUR meter people, while the HPD personal parking lot is empty!