To the editor:
Because of one incident by one individual, School District 23 draws a line in the sand that punishes everyone.
I’m talking about the School Board banning parking on the lots adjacent to their building on the corner of Baron and Underhill during the Farmers Market hours on Wednesday mornings.
There is more than ample room for School Board employees to park on the lot by their building. That is the lot that should be patrolled—not the other two parcels of land that shoppers at the market have used in the past while buying local produce and crafts at one of the best farmers markets in the province.
The short-sighted administrators who made this decision have no feeling for the bad public relations they have caused (just what they need with a pending strike on the horizon for this fall).
The inconvenience they have put on seniors who have longer distances to walk after finding other parking places (ie.: Superstore). The same for families with small children whom the vendors at the market are depending on to buy their products.
I agree that School Board staff need their parking stalls, but they sure as heck don’t need to keep citizens from parking on the adjacent lots. Put your darn No Parking signs up back by the smaller lot and let the rest of us (who, by the way, are taxpayers who own that land anyway) park Wednesday mornings while we shop at the market.
I’ll bet this was not a board decision—it was a decision by some administrator who did not take the time to think about the bad will the decision would create with the taxpayers.
Don’t punish everyone because of the poor action of one.
Terry Flannigan, Kelowna