To the editor:
I believe the City should no longer fund parking enforcement. Let that program go and put those dollars towards other things, like on-going infrastructure improvements.
Incorporate/retain the parking enforcement officer into the regular police force or in the police admin office if possible. Contrary to Roger Harrison and Brendon Sheehan's opinion, at this point in time there is not enough economic activity in the downtown to justify parking enforcement. If businesses are dumb enough to allow their employees to park in key spots in front of their stores, then they deserve to suffer financially. The first rule of business is to welcome your customers and give them access. We don't need the city doing that for us.
At this point in time, in the business area in question, there are plenty of public parking areas close enough to any store in town in the unlikely event that all parking spots are taken. People that chose to open businesses on streets like Delaware, knew the lay of the land when they opened their store (small town USA). Perhaps down the road when Leavenworth is really busy and developed, Parking enforcement might be considered.
I love the city's approach to do everything they can to not raise taxes. These are tough decisions, but responsible decisions for the long haul.