Over the years Clayton has often been said to be snooty, believing themselves better than other cities. Some of those accusations have been earned, others not, but this story certainly plays into the hands of the former.
Headline from local Fox2-"Parking Ambassadors to guide visitors, enforce parking rules"
The city has replaced the golf carts used by employees who ticket vehicles whose parking meters have run out of time with a fleet of Jeeps. "The individuals operating the vehicles will serve as parking ambassadors, Clayton's Director of Economic Development, Gary Carter said. "They're exactly the same people," Carter said, We've re-branded them "Parking Ambassadors" to try to promote a little more community involvement or community leadership." The parking ambassadors will have the power to enforce and issue tickets. But they will also serve as liaisons to guide visitors to the nearest available parking spots.
Clayton does have many visitors come to downtown each day, many heading for the County courthouse. Street parking is easier if you can find a spot and locating a parking garage is difficult since so many of these are only for employees of the major companies based in Clayton. So I guess if one of those Jeeps happened along to have you follow them to a garage that would be sweet if a Jeep indeed come along and the parking fee was doable and the walk not too far.
We'll see how this goes.