Hours after the Clarksville City Council voted not to re-appoint Ryan Bowie, the embattled director of the Roxy Regional Theatre, to the city’s parking commission, the lights went out on the city’s Roxy parking lot – used by hundreds of downtown patrons. The lights, which sit atop the Roxy Theatre, have been dark for weeks now, and the city has refused to comment on the situation or if it’s a direct result of the standoff with Bowie, who reportedly has control of the lighting.
Thanks to the addition of the ParkMobile app to the existing parking meter infrastructure, and the fact that the two systems can’t communicate – you can park downtown in a metered space for as little as $2 for the entire day — and there’s nothing the city can do to stop it without removing either “1st-hour free parking” or getting rid of the ParkMobile app. Here’s how… and you never even have to leave your office, workplace, or downtown home, thanks to the app.
In a recent City of Clarksville Parking Commission meeting, it was revealed that the Clarksville Police Police Department is now refusing tow requests from the city’s parking enforcement officers. This, combined with the city’s fear to take on the liability for booting illegally parked vehicles, will continue to add to the over $500,000 of unpaid fines, and lack of downtown parking availability, as people know they can park all day without paying the meter, without any penalty or enforcement.
The city currently has no viable way to collect unpaid tickets or enforce the laws on vehicles. The city has stopped projecting unpaid fines as potential revenue until it’s collected since so little of it is ever paid.