Oliver: park-strip fight not over yet

Logan’s Municipal Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a new business license for landlords, but those who oppose that program and what has been done with park-strips in the city say the fight is not over yet. Terry Oliver, speaking for an organized group pf property owners on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, says a lawsuit is expected to be filed against the city by those whose park-strips were ripped out by the city last year. “You cannot just go in and correct a problem that was caused by the city,” Oliver said, “allowing things to happen over a 40 or 50 year period, and come in and just tear everything up without consideration for people who are legal, who have legal apartments. “They were built legal. They were built with that as their only parking and they have done nothing wrong. We’re being demonized as not being responsible for not taking care of our properties.” Oliver continued by saying even though almost everyone speaking out at a public hearing was against the new law, the council voted immediately after the hearing with no discussion at all. Another unanimous vote Tuesday lowered the fee property owners now have to pay for on-street parking from $200 to $50. The fee reduction might be seen as good news to apartment owners whose parking strips were ripped out by Logan City last year in a program to “reclaim inner Logan.” Property owners spokesman Terry Oliver says his group appreciates the lower cost but most feel there should be no cost at all. “Why have the fee?,” Oliver asks. “We are forced to park on the street. We have no other place to park now. So there really shouldn’t be a fee.” Oliver further explained that there is a double standard the city is using with other residents. “There is no fee if you are an owner-occupied home-owner in that area and you have no other place to park and you have more than one car. You can go to the city, apply for a permit, they’ll come and look at your property and make sure you don’t have a back yard you can dig up.” Oliver says most of those speaking out at the hearing don’t feel the ordinance is necessary. Oliver says it means the landlords are actually paying to violate the city’s off-street parking law. He says it’s in effect for three-and-a-half months and snowplows go out an average of nine times during an average winter. City officials defended the winter off-street parking law, saying it’s necessary to protect snowplow equipment.

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