November 8, 2012
Ottawa man ticketed for parking on his own property
By Jon Willing, QMI Agency
OTTAWA -- Talk about adding insult to injury.
Mike Kang, owner of the Midas on Bronson Ave., found a $75 parking ticket Wednesday on the windshield of his vehicle, which was parked in the lot of his business.
"I think I'm going to go to the city to fight it," Kang said at his shop Thursday. "I'm very, very upset."
Kang, 50, said he parked his vehicle in a marked spot on his lot before receiving the ticket.
It's one of the spots closest to the road and what used to be a sidewalk. It's hard to make out where exactly the property line is now because road work has chewed up the pavement.
Perhaps the greatest irony is the reason for the ticket: "Stop on sidewalk."
Thing is, there is no sidewalk.
Bronson Ave. is a construction zone and all the infrastructure has been torn up to replace century-old water and sewer pipes. Work on the two-year, $30-million project started last March.
Midas, like many businesses in the construction area, is being hit in the pocketbook.
Kang had to cut four full-time technicians, so now there's only a technician and a manager working at one time.
The year started out with great financial results, but everything changed when the construction equipment moved in last spring.
"The first three months we had a 15% increase and since the end of March the business is 10% of the previous year," Kang said.
On Thursday morning, only one vehicle was in the shop getting work done.
An employee pointed out the bays would be jammed this time of year with motorists switching to winter tires and ordering tune-ups.
Thankfully for Kang, another one of his Midas shops in Orleans is helping prop up the Bronson Ave. business.
What upsets Kang the most is that the bylaw officer chose ticketing over communicating.
"This is a business. We're open. Ask me to move the car," Kang said.
Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes said she would happily back Kang if he asks the city to withdraw the ticket. It sounds like Kang has a "legitimate" argument, she said.
Holmes said she doesn't have the power to cancel a ticket, but she can make a recommendation to staff.