Dear Editor,

We’ve wanted to visit Ely for years, and finally did. We spent the day walking, shopping, and eating. When we returned briefly to the car, we found a ticket. We had parked in the middle of the block where no 2hr signs were. It never occurred to us that a town where tourism is key would have parking limits. No, ignorance is not a defense, and yes, we were at fault. But I wonder if you realize the impact of this policy? We went from a great day, and great things to say about Ely, to feeling we’d been duped. We spent $500 and were preparing to spend another $100 on dinner. Instead, we left and will likely never return. How does this policy help Ely? People who are “caught” end up with a bad impression, and those who are not will spend less time and money in Ely. Your policy encourages people to NOT linger and spend. So I just paid my ticket online (thanks, by the way, for charging me $2 for the privilege!). You go! t $522 out of us, missed $100 on dinner, and lost $600 per visit in the future (we will not be back). And, you’ve earned a reputation for nickel-and-diming that will pay you dividends in all the people we tell this story to. So enjoy our money —it is the last you’ll get. I’d suggest you spend it on signs for the middle of blocks, but then you’d lose that extra $22.

Richard Van Eck

Dear Editor,

First, I would like to thank Commissioners John Lampros, Laurie Carson and Richard Howe for their vote to approve the construction of the aquatic center. I would also like to thank Commissioner Mike Lemich and his family for donating the land for the aquatic center. We have waited 30 plus years for such a facility! They will be a wonderful addition to our community for residents, visitors, but most of all for our youth.

Second, I would like to express my strong opposition to the recently filed Notice of Intent to Recall Commissioners Lampros and Lemich. I would also like to show my support for decisions made by both commissioners Lampros and Lemich concerning the inter-local agreement and the County Annex building. The Inter-Local agreement to consolidate Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a smart move. Many cities and counties, both urban and rural are consolidating these services and the communities they respond to are benefitting from this consolidation. Consolidating these services will: reduce the duplication of services between the City and County, give legal basis for entities to operate outside jurisdictional boundaries, provide more opportunities for training, facilities, staffing levels and most importantly decrease response times.

In regards to the County Annex building. I agree it needs to be replaced. Buying rather than renting for an unknown number of years is a reasonable decision. The Ely Times building, despite the unreasonable comparison in the recall, is a good candidate to replace the County Annex. The recall inaccurately compared the Ely Times with the County Annex stating “purchasing the Ely Times building with unknown problems, possibly with as much age and probably with as many problems as the current structure.” Let us remember the County Annex building is 100 years old, the Ely Times building, built in 1997, is only 16 years old, in my opinion there appears to be no reason for the recall and a recall election would impose an unnecessary financial burden on the community.


Cheryl Nakashima

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