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A fight for parking in St. Matthews brings a military mom to her son's defense

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of an SUV parked on a St. Matthews street is currently away, serving in the military. But some neighbors and city officials say it's been parked on the street for too long and needs to go.

“My son, he's 19, he's away from home. He's made a big sacrifice. He's serving his country, and somebody complains about his car,” Kathy Bowman said.

The military mom was completely taken aback Tuesday when she found a notice on her son's car.

The St. Matthews resident is serving in Missouri and left his car parked outside his home while he's away.

But there's a problem.

“There is a local ordinance that says that you can't have a car parked on a city street for more than 24 hours at a time,” Bowman said..

She said she was aware of the ordinance and got creative to stay within the law.

"Every day, we'll move it up a few feet, and then move it back."

Bowman doesn’t park the vehicle in the driveway because she said she already has two cars parked there and sees it as an “inconvenience” for her and her husband.

“So it remains there. We're always very contentious about making sure it's not blocking anyone's driveway or impeding on traffic,” she said.

Bowman doesn't know who reported it, but St. Matthews Mayor Richard Tonini told WDRB the city has received complaints about the parking spot.

He said he respects all men and women in service, but that at the end of the day, rules are rules.

“I think there is room for maybe some modifications to the ordinance. You just don't know what may be going on in someone's life,” Bowman said.

She has since posted a sign in front of her home letting residents know who the car belongs to and why it's there.

Neighbors are showing their support by planting patriotic pinwheels on her front lawn.

But some residents said they see both sides of the parking issue and can understand why someone wouldn’t want it parked on the street for a long period of time, citing safety as a concern.

Bowman said she believes men and women in service should be an exception to the ordinance.  “I don't want to wage war on everybody.  That's not what this is about.  This is about conversation and talking to each other and supporting our military.”

Bowman has no plans on moving the SUV anytime soon and now sees it as a symbol of support for the military.

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