By Samantha Kuzakin
August 18, 2005
I then appealed the decision with the city manager Karl Amylon along with pages of customers some with disabilities that supported my request. I also stated other restaurants in Ketchikan had 2 hour parking and also had apartments in the area. After another three weeks I received a letter from the Assistant City Manager, David Martin. He states that it was turned down again due to the apartments that are in the area. He did state that he would see about getting a parking position assigned for people with disabilities.
This decision by the City of Ketchikan seems to be hurting my business. Is it they have something against the previous owners?, Do they have something aginst a small native owned business starting up in Ketchikan? I don't have all the answers. They want me to write the mayor and ask to be put on the agenda for the next meeting. I don't have time to go to the meetings since I am trying to survive in my business.
All I am asking from the City is that 5 spaces be changed from 24 hour parking to 2 hour parking. If they don't want restaruants to have 2 hour parking within a reasonable distance... maybe they should do away with the 2 hour parking altogether throughout the city. After all I am told that the 2 hour parking is not enforced outside the downtown area. You know the jewelry stores need 2 hour parking. And I am sure they provide more income for the City than my locally owned and operated restaurant.
If anyone knows how to deal
with the city and parking please send me an email.
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