Ferndale to Increase Enforcement of 2-Hour Parking on Troy, Saratoga

Residents can get permits, which should cut down on tickets as the downtown area becomes more popular.

The city of Ferndale will begin a one-year pilot program May 1 that aims to address the parking concerns of residents who live close to the downtown area.

Under the program, the city will post signs on Troy and Saratoga streets that restrict parking to two hours, and enforcement hours will increase from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents on these streets will now be able to get a permit from the city exempting them from the rule.

Ferndale City Manager April McGrath said residents in that area have become increasingly frustrated with the parking situation as the downtown area grows in popularity.

"It's been kind of like a slow boiling problem and the last couple of years it's becoming very frustrating for the residents," she said.

McGrath said some residents on Troy and Saratoga have been ticketed for parking on the street.

"Currently there's already two-hour parking - it's hard to enforce it though because you end up giving the residents a ticket," she said. "This will allow them to be exempt from the two-hour parking."

Cristina Sheppard-Decius, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, said she believes the pilot program is "one piece of the puzzle" for working on parking in Ferndale.

"I think it's good to see if it helps to resolve some of those residential concerns," she said. "And as a pilot it's a good learning tool to see if it's what you would want to implement everywhere. I think this is one of many things that have to be improved."

Sheppard-Decius said parking volume issues in the central business district are also important to address. "The residential component is important but you can't have one and not the other," she said.

Notification letters about the new program were mailed to residents on Troy and Saratoga on Monday.

Councilman Dan Martin said Monday that he thinks the plan is a positive step toward alleviating the concerns of the residents in that area. "I think it's a good step forward," Martin said. "I highly encourage people on both streets to participate."

Residents on Troy between Allen and Farmdale, and Saratoga between Woodward and Allen, should apply for a parking permit or attend an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. April 25 at City Hall. Residents seeking a permit will need to provide proof of residence and vehicle registration.

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Easydude April 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM
For years, the residents on Troy and Saratoga have been plague with no parking, drunks and fights - - sometimes sex with bar patrons. The suggestion was made five or six years ago and the answer from the city was "NO." Happy to see a change of heart. Also, the DDA was supposed to contact MDOT concerning parking on Woodward that was about four years ago...small steps, small steps.
Guy Fawkes April 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Unless you have so many cars they don't fit in your 6 car driveway, I frankly don't want to hear you're whining Saratoga folks. And lets be honest. We know who you're REALLY angry about. Those ......"people" ...... that come in to town for the gay festivals, right (and we know who you are don't we ma'am.)? I've seen you racing out to pull as many cars out into the road to block people from parking on a public street as possible. Well guess what ... even if we only park for two hours, you still have to put up with people parking there. So just go back into your little resentful anti-development self and your pajamas back into your little cave and go back to watching Dr. Phil while the rest of us have lives....productive....tax producing lives.
Sarah Zagis April 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
On parking meters in the downtown area, there's a new service where you can use your Smart Phone to scan the meter and pay your meter with a credit card online. However, the QR codes are so tiny, that they are impossible to actually scan in the dark...
Frank Castronova April 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
This is excellent news for those of us who live adjacent to downtown. I've lived in my house for 14 years and the last few have been unbearable at times with rude business patrons exchanging words with residents whose driveways they blocked, downtown business employees taking up many spots, misbehavior of other sorts, etc. Councilman Martin spoke to a group of us during his campaign and told us that this was an important issue. Perhaps he was part of this decision. If he was, thanks, councilman!
Brian Clark April 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
It's tough but fair. If I lived on those streets, I wouldn't want to have to park blocks away because of the bar and restaurant crowds. I have a great idea: Ferndale should consider building a parking deck!!! Someone should propose this as a solution to this problem! *giggle*
Jim Routhier April 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
When is Ferndale going to address the shortage of parking in general?! It's great to see downtown busy but it's nearly impossible to find a parking spot some nights!
resident G April 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
It is almost impossible to try and park on Vester on a Thursday, Friday , or Saturday night. You don't want to leave your house to run to the store on those nights because you know you won't have a spot when you get home. I have lived there for 25 yrs. And it has gotten worse and worse over the past 5 or so. I hope they do something to address the problem over here as well.
Gabrams April 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
East Troy or east Saratoga not included?
Julia Music April 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM
There are a lot of parts left out of this article. The fact is that the fee for this program is only waved for the first year. Secondly, each household can only receive two passes for cars registered to their homes. This doesn't take into account that it is often difficult to fit an entire family into a driveway for an birthday party etc. Can't wait to tell the grandparents that they have to move their cars every two hours or use a meter down the street. It doesn't take into account that there are rental properties on our block that depend on the street for parking because they house several people with several cars. It doesn't take into account that may people have overnight guests that now can't use the street for parking--the entire block isn't a 2 hour zone. This is a terrible proposal for anyone who wants to have guests at their home, owns more than two cars or doesn't want to pay the fees that will come with a program that runs officers for the non violent "crime" of parking. The bottom line is this is not a solution to the problem and now creates a new problem for many of those who live on the street but are not super close to Downtown. The parking studies show that we need more parking Downtown. This is a Downtown problem that should have a Downtown solution.
Frank Castronova April 17, 2012 at 09:57 PM
As long as downtown has businesses that hold far more customers than parking can allow, this problem will not end any time soon. It was time to build a parking structure years ago. People who will no longer be able to park on parts of W. Troy and W. Saratoga will simply go to other blocks. And then those blocks will ask for the program we will have soon. The city and the DDA need to find a permanent solution to this problem. Time should be spent finding funding options for a parking garage. All said, I still welcome the new program. When we have company, we will plan to move our registered cars to the street early in the day and let our visitors park in the driveway.
Bry April 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I have lived on W Saratoga for 7 years and the issue has gotten out of control. I know this isn't the entire solution but it is a step in the right direction. In response to Guy Fawkes. yes we have driveways but by the time I get home from work my driveway is usually blocked by a parked car forcing me to park down the street or in my nieghbors driveway until I can get the car towed. The only time I can even prune my tree that over hangs the street is before 8 AM on a Sunday because there is always a car parked infront of my house. The one time I did get the chance to prune the tree, I had the ladder in the street pruning I went in the back yard to get the saw (max time was 2 min.) when I came back out a car was parked where the ladder was and they had thrown my ladder on the lawn.


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