Minnesota city votes no on overturning truck parking ban

| 2/27/2008

Trucker Jamie Marx plans to fight on, despite the Hutchinson, MN, City Council’s decision on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to continue enforcing the city’s existing truck parking ordinance.

In the past few weeks, Marx has sacrificed several thousands of dollars in lost income to attend two City Council meetings on this issue.

He and a few other truckers even got the City Council to revisit the ordinance at its Tuesday, Feb. 12, meeting, after they explained to council members about the financial hardship this ordinance would have on their livelihoods.

“I’m not giving up,” Marx said. “I plan to be at the next meeting and the next meeting to find out why they are enforcing this ordinance.”

The City Council voted 3-2 to keep the truck parking ordinance on the books, even though Marx said the Hutchinson Mayor Steve Cook and the city’s police chief both disagreed with the Council’s decision. He said Councilmember Bill Arndt persuaded the other two council members to vote in favor of continuing the ordinance.

“It was obvious he (Arndt) has a hatred for trucks,” Marx said. “Even the police chief said, ‘I do not agree with this decision’ and put his head down at the meeting.”

Truckers who park at their residences must either find another place to park their rigs or risk being cited by the city.

Marx had talked to the City Council about providing a secured parking lot for Hutchinson truckers to pay to park, but that suggestion was shot down, as well.

Marx said some trucking companies are actually trying to profit from the city’s decision to enforce the ordinance, charging truckers as much as $100 per night to park in their lots.

The City Council’s next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. Marx said he plans to be there.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer