Parking is often scarce in Montpelier and now there's a battle brewing between state workers and Statehouse staffers.
The Vermont State Employees Union is asking the Shumlin administration to address the current parking conditions in the Capital City. The petition suggests taking 63 spots currently reserved for legislative staff and making them available to state workers on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a meeting planned with the Shumlin administration Jan. 31.
"Parking has gotten more scarce as employees transfer from Waterbury to Montpelier. In the long run, the state is going to look at acquiring more space or a parking garage," said Steve Howard of VSEA.
Buildings and General Services studied the issue of parking in the Capital City last year, which resulted in an increase of downtown spaces for legislative staff.