50 Years, 50 Stories


Published Feb. 19, 1986 in The Ledger Independent

“If they take them, they take them.”

The “them” in question are the parking spaces on Stanley Reed Court and Third Street designated for vehicles of county officials.

An ordinance passed recently by Maysville City Commission would eliminate all but four of these spaces, presumably to be utilized by the sheriff’s department. Another proposed version of the ordinance called for the elimination of all parking at the courthouse for officials and their secretaries.

Officials at the courthouse aren’t too upset at the prospect of losing what they believe has been a privilege and a convenience.

The secretaries find the prospect not the least bit upsetting and even a little amusing. One expressed that amusement verbally when parking for “their secretaries” was mentioned.

In addition to the four slots for vehicles of the sheriff’s department, others that are reserved include one of county judge, district judge, circuit clerk, county clerk, tax commissioner, county welfare department and a police vehicle. That slot label “police vehicle” is one that may be used b any law enforcement officer having business at the district court, according to a courthouse source.

There are also two spaces reserved for 15-minute visitor parking in front of the courthouse on Third Street. They, in addition to the seven other courtesy spaces would be eliminated by the ordinance.

“I would hate to see these gone,” said Judge-Executive Billy Ross.

Ross said he had worked closely with City Manager Dennis Redmond to get the visitor parking at t he courthouse shortly after he took office.

The ordinance does not say specifically what will happen to parking permits issued b the city, and displayed by officials on the dash of their vehicles. They, however, will become “null and void” when the ordinance goes into effect, according to City Manager Redmond.

“Officials need to be close to the courthouse and their work,” Ross said.

The consensus of opinion around the Mason County Courthouse is thought the issue “doesn’t make that much difference,” officials of neighboring counties do not have their own parking spaces.

In a related matter:

Action currently take by the City of Maysville could very well be a “sign” of things to come.

Letters have been sent to fourteen local businesses currently using portable signs to advertise the establishment. According to Mark Brant, codes enforcement officer for the city, these signs are strictly prohibited.