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City of Coon Rapids, Minnesota Wants Commercial Trucks Out!!!!!

Back in December of 2012 the City of Coon Rapids in the state of Minnesota issued a new ordinance prohibiting overnight parking of commercial vehicles within its city limits joining the ranks of other U.S. cities that have turned their backs on the drivers of these vehicles, the very same drivers that keep their cities running by supplying much need resources such as produce, dairy products, gasoline……..well let’s just cut to the chase and say anything that exists within their city was delivered at some point by commercial truck.

Normally this type of thing doesn’t make any type of headlines however the City of Coon Rapids is quite literally right outside my door and some of the residents of the fine City of Coon Rapids have taken up their own style of tactics of harassing and bullying professional drivers as noted in the following photo (courtesy of S. Weber).

This note was left taped to the window of a commercial vehicle in Coon Rapids, MN

This note was left taped to the window of a commercial vehicle in Coon Rapids, MN

Please click on the picture to enlarge or read the quoted text below.

” ATTN!
TRUCKER!
FYI!

READ SIGN POSTED NO OVER NIGHT PARKING IN THIS SHOPPING CENTER LOT
FYI! THE COON-RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL PASSTED A ORDENANCE THIS SPRING TO
CRACK DOWN ON ALL SEMI TRUCKS ETC PARKING IN ANY OF OUR SHOPPING DISTRICS.
THE POLICE DEPT WILL KNOW ISSUE EXPENSIVE TICKETS. JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER
FOR YOU. FIND A NEW CITY TO PARK YOUR RIG. WE DO NOT LIKE THESE EYE SORES IN OUR CITY.
FYI! I HAVE CALLED THE POLICE.”

Now I would feel pretty safe in saying that the city didn’t bother to educate its residents about the laws and regulations that commercial drivers are required to operate under when they passed this ordinance and it’s also pretty safe to say that the particular resident that left the note above wasn’t educated in so much as basic remedial English composition so be real proud of that little work of literary excellence Coon Rapids natives.

Since the citizens of Coon Rapids and city council all seem to agree that trucks have no place in their city and they would rather have drivers operate trucks while fatigued on their roads, it is the opinion of the author and the opinion of many other professional truck drivers that maybe Coon Rapids no longer needs freight delivered to its retailers and it’s residents should look into other avenues for acquiring daily needs items and resources that are delivered by truck every single day throughout their community .They clearly are of the opinion that trucks and the drivers that operate them are not needed and are merely second-rate human beings. So let’s make sure and let Coon Rapids and it’s citizens know just how we feel about them and their anti-truck stance. Please feel free to leave a message for them using any of the following options.

City of Coon Rapids Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CityofCoonRapidsMinnesota?fref=ts

City of Coon Rapids website http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/
Email mail@coonrapidsmn.gov

City of Coon Rapids City Hall
11155 Robinson Drive
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone 763-755-2880

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8 thoughts on “City of Coon Rapids, Minnesota Wants Commercial Trucks Out!!!!!

  1. As a wife of a trucker, this offends me. Our family members are away from home, sometimes for months at a time, bringing people commodities that are needed for every day existence. It is not an easy job both physically and mentally. Then to be treated like this. Driver’s follow federal regulations as to how long they can drive. Many cities have done away with truck stops and rest areas and drivers have no place to that their federally mandated rest hours. So sad. I hope that the shelves in the stores become empty and that all drivers have a say in where they deliver stay clear of this town. It is clear that the residents and government have no need for a truck drivers service.

    Posted by Bobbie | June 9, 2013, 10:58 am
  2. Nice. Where does this guy think his grocerys et al come from? And I love his really classy “FYI”. I’ll be sharing this on facebook, I hope Coon Rapids is ashamed of this. They’re going to find themselves sorry when truckers refuse to deliver goods to their fair town. I know *I* will never set foot there!

    Amy T.
    Madison, WI

    Posted by Amy | June 9, 2013, 2:33 pm
  3. REALLY.. How do you propose to have your goods for your retailers brought in… Are you all so ignorant!. Or maybe you just waste fuel and drive to the next town to purchase your wares. What a bunch of crackpots! We need our drivers on the road…If it weren’t for these men and women driving to us, one might have no food someday!

    Posted by Alice Ramirez | June 9, 2013, 3:52 pm
  4. I’m glad to see people getting involved in this and keep in mind that Coon Rapids isn’t the only city taking up this practice. more and more cities across the country look at truck drivers as being only good enough to deliver what the citizens need and then they want them to get out.

    I will be addressing many more of these types of issues in the upcoming days so please feel free to return, as always I will post important information of who to contact regarding the problems and how to get in touch with them. Change starts with a few that are willing to spread the word and who are also willing to act on their convictions. As Red Green always says “we are all in this together”

    Posted by haggardon18 | June 9, 2013, 5:29 pm
  5. Well im an OTR driver..i also PICK AND CHOOSE what i haul..been to CR…didnt leave anything there so no need to go back…not exactly a tourist trap…crybabies! The message is if your tired keep driving….

    Posted by Cheyenne Alexander | June 9, 2013, 7:29 pm
  6. We are retired now but our hearts go out to all professional drivers. I guess the people of Coon Rapids don’t understand that they don’t have anything in their lives that wasn’t at some time moved by a truck. If no driver will deliver the fuel to their town soon they will have no gas to go to other towns to buy groceries or clothes or even get to a Doctor or hospital. I pray no one loses their life because of the stupidity of politicians.

    Posted by B. Myrick | June 9, 2013, 7:38 pm
  7. The City of Coon Rapids appreciates the comments and discussion that has occurred on this board. We would like to make sure your readers understand more about our ordinance; there may be some confusion right now. Please visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/CityofCoonRapidsMinnesota?ref=hl#!/notes/city-of-coon-rapids-mn-local-government/statement-clarifying-the-ordinance-related-to-parking-and-storage-of-recreationa/557804097603191

    You can read more about this subject here.
    Thank you!

    Posted by Stephanie Ring | June 10, 2013, 5:39 pm
    • as a citizen of coon rapids, mn and a taxpayer and a future truck driver I am appaled. without descent parking and food truck drivers will not be able to deliver loads that we need to survive. remove everyone from public office that thought this was a descent idea for 1 second

      Posted by nathan | June 18, 2013, 2:46 pm

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