Pierre Residents Take Concerns Over Snow Alert Tickets To City Commissioners

James Bobby

(KCCR) — Some Pierre residents who were ticketed during a Snow Alert issued by the City of Pierre say the city needs to do a better job of educating the public about the issuing of snow alerts. Pierre police ticketed and in some cases moved 65 vehicles parked on Emergency Snow Routes between Midnight and 8:15 am Monday. James Bobby and Sheridan OneFeather used public comment time during the Pierre City Commission meeting Tuesday night to let the Commission know their feelings…

“But I think education would help us. I think the Mayor, he’s on the radio all the time. I think the Street Superintendent should be on the radio. I think the Chief of Police should be on the radio and the Police Commissioner should be on the radio and the first thing they should say, is we have this law, and it’s not if we plow street to street on a sidewalk…um, it’s not that we get your street plowed, it’s after we do it for the third time that day, then it’s ok. They already did it, but they went back again. They even went by my house today. I didn’t get a ticket today.”
OneFeather was upset not only at the ticket but that his vehicle was towed around the corner…

“And somebody has violated my personal space by moving my damn vehicle, it (expletive) me off! And that is then, to have the (expletive) to put one of these 85 dollar tickets on my vehicle. This is BS. You need to stop this. You need to tell everybody that got these tickets on Saturday or, Sund…on Monday morning that they are invalid and to throw them away. This is wrong! This is some kind of cheap-(expletive) trick!”
Commissioner Jim Mehlhaff says he understands the frustration and agrees with Bobby and OneFeather…

“I never realized how little influence a City Commissioner has until I was sworn in and this is one of those cases where that’s the case, because I’ve complained about that myself, on several occasions, and to no avail. Unfortunately, this time, tickets were issued to, I believe 72 people and I don’t think the operation was necessary and I think when you go out and issue that many tickets you can kind of see there’s a community consensus that, you know, maybe there’s not a snow emergency because no one was in tune.”
It’s not known if the city will dismiss the parking tickets or keep them in place.