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8/6/2013 10:38:00 AM
Letter: Common sense and courtesy could go a long way when it comes to downtown parking

To the editor:

You don't need to live in Williams long or be a genius to realize that we don't have enough parking downtown. But that did not stop Oscar and Amy Fredrickson from purchasing and improving the Grand Canyon Hotel on the corner of Route 66 and Second Street. While I would say the improvements to the building are positive, the owners...not so much.

If you read the "Downtown Parking Ordinance" article from the July 23 Williams-Grand Canyon News, the Fredricksons would have you believe that parking is an ongoing issue for their 27 rooms, but they failed to tell you about the private parking lot with approximately 12 spaces that is right behind the hotel. They have more private parking than any other business on the block but still manage to be right in the middle of the "issues." Why are they always in the middle of the issues? Well to start, partly because the Fredricksons don't understand that some common sense, courtesy and a little decency to their neighbors would help to ease the parking problems; and partly because the Fredricksons don't play nice.

You don't have to work far from the GC Hotel to know about the battle that they have had for several years with another businessman on this same block of Route 66. That's why I thought it was funny that Amy Fredrickson could tell you how many tickets have been issued on their block in the last two years but she seemed "shocked" when her husband was arrested and cuffed.

The article only addresses the Fredrickson's "issues" on the 100 block of Route 66, but let me give you an idea of some the "issues" they have on the Second Street side of the GC Hotel. They harass the only private resident on this block as he tries to save one parking spot in front of his home. They were one of the main complainers that helped get all the tractors moved from their annual Fourth of July location this year. They are now working on trying to get the Christmas tree moved from its traditional location. And they have left two of their GC Hotel vehicles parked directly at the front door of Farm Bureau Insurance for almost one month now.

You see, the Fredricksons don't play nice at all. In fact, on July 3, Oscar was heard yelling at Councilman Don Dent about parking right before he and Amy promptly parked three of their GC Hotel vehicles directly in front of the door to his business, with two of those vehicles that have now not moved in 30 days and counting.

All this they did to a man who has offered the four parking spaces from his building to the Fredricksons for guest parking after his hours and on weekends. A man who has taken much time from his own business to listen to the complaints of the Fredricksons and the same man who now has to watch as some of his older clients are forced to take a longer walk to his office all because he is being "punished" by the Fredricksons because of their "ongoing parking issues."

I don't know about you all but where I come from that's immature, mean and totally uncalled for. I'm tired of going to my work only to see a run down, windshield busted, fire hazard GC Hotel boom truck with questionably acquired ADOT cones in the back parked directly in front of our door. I mean seriously Oscar and Amy, you won't look any of us in the eye so...what gives? You win? You've blocked your councilman's place of business for a month. You got publicity by getting an article in the "village" newspaper that mentions your names and business. You got the parking ordinance back on the city council agenda. What more do you want? Move the vehicles please; you're ruining the view from the porch.

It's a shame that part time business people like the Fredricksons have to cling to a technicality of a city ordinance in order to make themselves appear to be victims of the parking problems. They are at the heart of many parking issues on this block.

Brandi White


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Article comment by: Peggy Dean

Great letter Brandi,
Trouble makers the Fredrickson's are.

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Article comment by: Hey Jo

How about I go park a bunch of junk in front of your house and see how you like it. Or how about I park a couple junkers in front of the hotel until 2 am and then back at 6 am so nobody can park there at all. That is what your nice bosses are doing to the Dents by leaving their cars in front of their business all day and night. They are not nice people when taking out their frustration with the parking ordinance out on Don Dent and his business. Plain and simple, just because they are nice to you, doesn't mean they are nice to everyone, which is very clear!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: Jo Rhodes

The city's current parking ordinance needs to be reviewed and revised PERIOD. The way it currently is written comes off biased towards one block on Route 66 and yes it just happens to be the block The Grand Canyon Hotel is located on. Just make it fair and more clear and really no over night parking every night of the year??? When The owners of the hotel tried to be nice and bring the issue to the attention of city officials little or no consideration would be given So yes, they had to get the issue brought to other peoples attention somehow and now it is up for review and discussion. This letter portrays Oscar and Amy in a way that I hope the majority of readers will understand to be from someone holding some bitter resentment and wow.... how can you talk about playing nice when you are spitting out venom here? I work for these people. They are good people and have brought back to life an amazing historical building and have supported other businesses in town by referring guests to their places of business.. To refer to them as part-time business people come on really? Yes we will close for 3 months this winter but our building still supports 3 other businesses during those 3 months while we are still working at our place of business accomplishing necessary repairs and maintenance issues before opening for the new season. I just recently moved back to Williams in March and I like the changes and continued development of our Route 66 Williams businesses. Let's all work together and keep it happening.

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: Really too bad .

I guess what I find very interesting about all of this is that this issue was brought before the city counsil a year or two ago by another local business and the city counsil ignored the concerns of the citizens and business owners concerns. Some how the newspaper and the counsil turned the issue into a 'bar patron' issue and ignored the entrapment issue and the legality of the signs issue.

Keep your parking ordinance but have legal properly placed signs. Stop the selective enforcement and hold people accountable, even the Fredricksons, it seems they think they too are above the law.

Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Article comment by: so finally we get the rest of the story

Good job Brandi!!!

While I sitll think that the ordinance should be changed, at lesat I now know that these "business" people are vindictive and totally rude!!!

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