More parking removed at Capitol in Carson City |

More parking removed at Capitol in Carson City

Mike Willden, chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval, confirmed Friday the governor’s office asked Carson City to eliminate the seven or eight parking spaces on Musser Street at the north side of the capitol.

Asked why, he said, “safety.”

But asked whether there had been a threat or something else to raise concerns, Willden said, “no.”

Those parking spots were mainly used by people parking for just a minute or two while dropping off paperwork and other materials at the city offices, constitutional offices or the governor’s office.

They also were used by vendors and others providing different services such as heavy loads of bottled water and soda for the vending machines at both state and city buildings.

There’s the city-state public parking lot across Musser Street but those parking spaces are normally all taken by 9 a.m. As a result, people making deliveries may have to park up to two blocks away now the curbing is red-striped.

In addition, one employee said that was the only parking place available for the frequent tour buses that bring visitors to the capitol.

City officials said the request came directly from the governor’s office, not from the Capitol Police.