Paul Conte took the paperwork to file the petition to the City Manager's office at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
No one was at the front desk. Conte waited until a staffer came out to meet him.
The city staffer told Conte he had to make an appointment to file the petition.
Conte, a local activist, said city regulations don't require an appointment.
The staffer insisted Conte needed an appointment. Conte disagreed and dropped off his paperwork and walked out.