Parking inconveniences residents
October 30, 2015
The City of Monmouth has recently started ticketing vehicles that are not parked in the immediate vicinity of homes where specific parking decals were issued, within the College Parking District. Monmouth College is very proud of the residential part of the college, but Monmouth College also hosts a large number of commuting students. These commuters are the reason why the City of Monmouth has set up the College Parking District, the area in which college students would usually park. There are some in the Monmouth community that feel that the area given for students to park is just too large, and this is having an effect on their privacy.
Professor Tom Seinkewicz recently wrote a letter to the editor in the Monmouth Review Atlas expressing his opinions on the parking district. Professor Seinkewicz feels that the city overreacted when creating the district. People who live within the district need a sticker to park their car by their homes. This is an inconvenience for some Monmouth residents. Seinkewicz said, “It is even more inconvenient now if we have guests, because we have to go down to City Hall or to the police station to get a temporary pass for our guests. If a guest arrives unexpectedly late in the evening it requires a late trip to the police station. And it is not pleasant to visit the police station.”
Parking for students can sometimes be a burden, when a late night trip to grab fast food turns into a long walk back from the 11th street or Euclid parking lots, all because someone stole the nice parking spot they were parked in, next to their dorm. Parking along the street on Euclid or Broadway overnight can often result in an unwanted ticket from the city. Police can begin issuing tickets to any car without a permit parked on Euclid or Broadway between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The college allows students to park in the 11th street lots without a parking pass, and some students feel that this is a better option than paying for the pass. Commuting students fight for spots on Broadway, closer to the academic buildings. Broadway is often full and students are forced to park along the adjacent streets. The College Parking district is designed to give students a place to park without worrying about getting a city parking permit.