The discussion of fastening a boot -- or wheel locking device -- to illegally parked vehicles arose largely from an issue involving a parking lot on Virginia Avenue that serves a Motel 6 and a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant. Patrons of Spondivitis, a nearby seafood restaurant, park there when the Spondivitis lot is full, and some have left that restaurant to find their vehicles booted.
The council and mayor were swamped with calls and emails about the issue, prompting talk of new rules for booting. The city’s old ordinance didn’t regulate fees. Steven Harper, chief executive of Georgia Parking Enforcement, a booting company, helped the council write the ordinance.
“I’ve never seen any government work harder on this issue,” Harper said Wednesday.
Councilman Richard Murray cast the dissenting vote.
“I think this whole issue is a civil one concerning private property, although I do think the council did a good effort in crafting the ordinance,” he said.
Hallman, who spent months researching other booting ordinances, was relieved the ordinance passed.
“We finally slayed the dragon,” he said.