Although Sylvia Mullally’s resignation came as a surprise, it might not have been, if an excerpt from the minutes of the January 14th public works committee had been known (especially the second item). But those minutes did not become official until approved on Feb. 14th (after Sylvia’s resignation). Under agenda item 9. (discussion/recommendation regarding awarding bid for HVAC work to be completed in the parking services area) it recorded the following;
The Parking Service Department brought in $1.6 million in 2019 and being able to direct the processing and handling of that money (which is considerable) is what is hidden behind the above. The parking services department was once the parking commission and as the parking commission, it determined parking issues as explained by the city’s attorney back when the city attorney blocked a direct legislation petition regarding a parking issue. There were sufficient signatures to force the city council to take action on that issue or it would have become law, but the city attorney actions blocked it so that it never made it to the city council. Then the city eliminated the parking commission and made it the parking services department of the city until it was moved under the public works department, which now gives the public works department a controlling influence over the city’s parking services.
Are you confused? Maybe it’s time for a full audit and public accounting of the parking revenue.
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