I would like to respond to Suzanne Anderson’s letter on Friday, July 31, regarding the parking bylaws.
I am disappointed and disgusted with the attitude of the city. I just opened a business on Station Street within the last month and this type of treatment to potential customers is not acceptable. There doesn’t appear to be any support for the downtown businesses by the city.
If Suzanne doesn’t plan to come back downtown because of the way she was treated, then that is another customer I have lost. I understand that there is limited parking and the city is trying to discourage local vendors from using the parking spots. However, if someone parks on one street for a few hours and then travels and parks on another street to continue shopping, they should not be punished for parking longer than three hours downtown. Many people need to be able to park on another street for convenience and the difficulty they may have in walking.
There has to be a better way to manage this situation than to paint everyone with the same brush and punish all.