From the official minutes of the Ankeny City Council meeting of February 19, 2007
A. PUBLIC FORUM
Here are the action points (my request of the Council)
noted in the
last sentence of the minutes above that are also public record.
of streets or sidewalks.
No unattended vehicle parking during December between 5 to 10 p.m. on N.E. 16th from 222 west to N.E. Grant and on N.E. Grant from 18th Street to 14th Street. Also clarifying that it is legal for attended vehicles waiting in a single-file line along the curb to park both east- and westbound from 222 on N.E. 16th during those hours, but double-file lines and blocking driveways is prohibited.
(If the lines get long enough that visitors become surly, you can eliminate one final problem area by eliminating left turns onto 16th while southbound on Grant, forcing one single-file line to the south. I would make that “at the discretion of the Police Chief,” allowing officers to use their best judgment at the time. The only reason not to just go ahead and do it is that it would create a minor disruption/inconvenience to normal driving habits for homeowners.)
The Council needs to make it clear that those involved in the “City of Lights” effort are not criminals. Other cities pay tens of thousands of dollars for what we’re getting for free. So those supporting the effort are to be applauded, not criminalized. Further, those families waiting patiently in line are also not lawbreakers but good citizens or welcomed guests of our City. These are welcomed activities so should be facilitated as a positive thing for our City and an excellent opportunity for positive public relations for the police and our City.