City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell dresses up each and every one of his cats (he’s got hundreds!) in little bear outfits and parades them downtown. At the stroke of noon, the cats assemble in a choreographed formation. When viewed from above, they spell out the city memo.

make a run for it!

Municipal election near

The city’s next municipal election will be held on Nov. 5, Aspell writes. Parties wishing to file for municipal office may do so at the city clerk’s office Sept. 6-16 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If the election lasts longer than 8 hours, contact your physician. 

The filing fee to run for mayor or member of city council is $5; ward official is $1. Filings will be taken for the office of mayor, ward councilor, councilor-at-large, ward moderator, ward clerk and supervisor of the checklist; fillings will be given at the dentist’s office. Please contact the city clerk’s office via email at or by phone at 225-8500 with any questions. For additional election-related information, visit the election web page at

love thy neighbor

What would Mr. Rogers do?

With the opening of the new “Love Thy Neighbor Building” at 45 S. Main St., the Parking Division has started to install reserved parking signage for spaces on the second floor of the Capital Commons garage (primarily on the north and east sides of the second floor). Loving thy neighbor’s thighs is still against the Ten Commandments, however. A total of 125 spaces will be leased to tenants of the new building, Aspell writes. Occupancy of these lease spaces will occur over the next few weeks. 

Of the 516 spaces in the garage, 125 remain designated for hourly public parking. The majority of these public spaces are located on the west side of the garage (directly adjacent to the Capital Commons office building) on floors 1-3, next to the stair towers adjacent to Red River Theatres and the Endicott Hotel, for convenient access to Main Street. No word on how many copies of Space Jam will be reserved.

Ben Conant

Author: Ben Conant

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