Tim Chitwood

Tim Chitwood: Take a few hours to get a ticket

Weaving time in a tapestry, it's Monday Mail.

Time

Today's opening is from Paul Simon's "Hazy Shade of Winter," which by the way is what the weather's going to be like this week after that sunny weekend we just had.

If you find that cloudy outlook depressing, cheer up. Spring is only a couple of weeks away, coming to a vernal equinox near you on March 20.

And though it will be cloudy and sometimes wet this week, it won't be cold.

Poll dance

This is the last week you can vote early for Columbus' special St. Patrick's Day election on a school sales tax, which is sure to be a rowdy, festive event. Possibly sparking drunken brawls. You never know.

So here's the schedule, one last time: The early voting poll in the City Services Center off Macon Road at 3111 Citizens Way is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday.

If you don't vote by Friday, you'll have to wait until Election Day, when 27 voting polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dray to go

Speaking of vehicular mobility, here's an email in response to a column about Columbus Council raising the price of Metra parking tickets to $30:

I remember back in 2000 working downtown or as we call it Uptown Columbus when the parking enforcement was under the Uptown Columbus Committee and Bernie Quick was the president.

I attempted to park in the loading zone at the Ralston Towers with my commercial vehicle with dray tag and as always a private vehicle was parked in the space. So I did as Fed Ex always did, I parked parallel to the illegally parked vehicle to make my deliveries.

When I returned a ticket was on my windshield of my company vehicle complimentary of Uptown Columbus parking enforcement.

I found the officer who wrote the ticket on Broadway, and he told me I should park on the next block or further to make my deliveries if the space is taken.

First and only parking ticket in 41 years of driving as of today. The driver from Fed Ex told me he was getting a ticket daily in that area, his boss told him not to worry they would pay them under the circumstances. The guy that wrote me that ticket would probably ticket a fire truck or ambulance parked and responding to an emergency call.

Well, I still volunteered to work with Bernie and Laura with the Uptown Jam and other concerts, but it was evening hours so the parking enforcement guy was not on duty.

Thanks,

Robert.

Dear Robert:

Actually, I think parking enforcement was always a division of Metra.

Imagine how people feel when they're summoned to court in the Government Center, stuck there for hours, assessed high fines with fees, and then find parking tickets on their cars as they leave.

That must drive some to a life of crime.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood @ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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