Ordinance Questioned After Man's Vehicle Is Towed

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

A Laurel County man says the London Mayor enforced an ordinance on him that doesn't exist.

With elections just one month away, politics are heating up.

Michael Grubb says he parked in the London Community Center Parking Lot two weekends ago and while he was campaigning, his vehicle was towed.

"During that weekend I campaigned for a friend of mine who is the judge, Mike Caperton," Michael Grubb said.

Because his vehicle had campaign stickers for Caperton posted on it, Grubb says the city had his vehicle towed even though he paid to park in the lot.

"The following Monday at 9:30 the mayor attempts to contact me through the city police stating that my vehicle is parked on private property and it will be towed," Grubb said.

"It's a policy that we don't allow anyone to campaign on city property," Ken Smith said.

Mayor Smith says Grubb was in violation of city code by parking his vehicle with campaign stickers on city property. He also says there's no city ordinance that prevents anyone from campaigning on land owned by the city. It's a verbal ordinance that members of the community commonly understand.

Reporter: "Would the vehicle be o.k. if it didn't have the campaign stickers on it?
Mayor Smith: "No, it's still trespassing."

"For one thing we don't have to enforce that because it's only private parking there. Only the people that use the community center are allowed to park there," Mayor Smith said.

Because no city ordinance exists to prevent vehicles with campaign stickers from parking in any city parking lot Grubb says he hopes Mayor Smith takes action to make everyone in the community aware of where they can and can't park.

There was another man at the meeting Monday night who says he received a citation for parking in the community center lot, but he wasn't towed.

Mayor Smith says he did not have a political motive in towing Grubb's vehicle.


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