Letter from Margo Perschbacher
Salida politics – September 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine
New warning sign
Everywhere I go in Salida, I hear people complaining about new city ordinances, and I think they should. After going to a few city meetings, I don’t know which laws I might be breaking. It seems that every time somebody makes a complaint, we get a new ordinance.
If our city continues in this direction, we’re going to have to put up a sign to warn the unsuspecting as they approach our city center:
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SALIDA
The Unfriendliest Town
In the Known Universe
No loud discussions
Keep off sidewalks
No streets that work
No friendly neighbors any more
Instead of arguing about who should park where, maybe our City Council should address where city parking can be obtained around the fringes of our downtown district.
As for watering, it seems likely that some of the problem will be solved as metering proceeds, so maybe we should avoid instituting an excessive amount of confusing ordinances in the meantime.
As for everything else, I really don’t have the answers, but I would be more than pleased to have to hunt for parking on the first and third Mondays of the month, when the Salida City Council meets. As it is, that is the one evening that the streets by Third and E are curiously empty of cars.
Together, we can surely come up with some better solutions, but until then, all these new fines and regulations seem to be causing more trouble than they’re alleviating.