On Monday, an alert citizen used his cell phone camera to capture this photo of a truck parked improperly in front of the Goodbye Blue Monday. He used the Tell the City form on the City of Northfield’s website to report the problem.
City staff traced the ownership of the truck to Jim Gleeson, a member of the City of Northfield’s Parking Quality Control Commission (PQQC) since it was formed back in October of 2006.
The incident came before the City Council on Tuesday.
"We simply can’t have a member of a city commission flagrantly disregarding the very municipal code that they’ve been charged to monitor," said First Ward Councilor Suzanna Kardashian. "How would it look if a member of the Hospital Board bought a pack of cigarettes from the City’s Municipal Liquor Store or Hospital Gift Shop and then tossed a butt out the window of their car onto the sidewalk as they drove off? We’d be outraged. This is on a par with that."
Councilors voted unanimously to remove Gleeson from the PQQC and to seek a replacement. Likely candidate: Nancy Hammermann, who has previously exhibited an interest and expertise in matters of parking quality.