Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more
Updated March 31, 2009 - 9:43 a.m.
The city of Ypsilanti will soon start enforcing an existing ordinance against parking overnight on street-sides downtown.
Washington, Pearl, Huron and Adams streets, as well as Michigan Avenue, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. could be ticketed and towed by the city.
Ypsilanti Police Chief Matt Harshberger said warning tickets will be issued for the next two weeks starting today.
“The real enforcement starts two weeks from today,” Harshberger said.
In a flyer distributed to downtown businesses and customers by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti, the motivation behind the enforcement was to aid city workers in seasonal services provided to the streets. Snow removal, leaf pickup and street cleaning were specifically highlighted by the notice.
“(The Ypsilanti Department of Public Services) was having a problem with being able to maintain the streets,” Harshberger said. “Specifically (removing) snow.”
He said the existing ordinance stated the enforcement hours in the ordinance were 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. However, he said the hours were extended by a traffic control order earlier this month due to need created this past winter.
Harshberger said the enforcement will be both patrol and complaint-based.
"It will be patrolled as often as we can," he said. "It depends on officer availability due to call load."
The notice states towed vehicles will be removed and impounded at the owner’s expense. Tickets issued will be $25.