Clinton police officers will soon begin enforcing a residential permit parking district near Ashford University. Following a grace period, tickets will be issued to undesignated cars parked in the district.
The permit parking district was approved by the city council earlier this year after receiving complaints from multiple neighbors about Ashford students taking up all on-street parking places. Neighbors also complained that students had littered in area yards.
Sgt. Steven Kopp, Clinton police services division, said the signs indicating the enforcement of the permit parking district will be erected by the end of today. The signs will warn of a potential $25 fine for any vehicles without a displayed permit.
“We will be doing a one-week grace period, or warning period,” Kopp said. “After that warning period, we’ll then be issuing tickets.”
Each resident will be able to obtain a permit for each vehicle he or she owns from city hall. Residents will also be issued two visitor passes that can be temporarily displayed in the vehicles of visitors. Kopp said that residents need to be sure that they reclaim the visitor permits when they are no longer in use.
Kopp said that he sympathizes with the students, but the city also needs to consider the homeowners that neighbor Ashford
“I certainly understand the students’ dilemma, with the very limited parking Ashford can provide,” Kopp said, adding that students informed him that a bus commute can take up to an hour. “I understand their frustration, but we’re understanding of the residents’ frustration as well. They’re saying, ‘We’ve got nowhere to park.’”