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Apartment residents surprised by tickets

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Jennie Davidson spends her time helping rescued animals find a home. Like the kittens she’s trying to place, she’s a creature of habit.

Davidson said she’s out of sorts, because her parking routine came with a price.

"There's no sign saying we can't park and all of a sudden there's a ticket? Are you kidding me?" Davidson reacted.

The ticket cites her for parking on a city street between 3 and 6 in the morning.

"Twenty-five dollars, and if it's not paid within 10 days, it's $50," Davidson said.

Davidson said it's the first time she's been fined in the two and a half years of living at New Amadore Apartments and parking on the street.

"Nobody's ever gotten tickets for it before,” Davidson said.

On Wednesday morning, Saginaw code enforcers nailed more than a dozen cars outside of the complex.

John Stemple is the city's chief inspector and said this is not a new law.

"It keeps things moving on the street,” Stemple said.

Residents are mad because there are no signs nearby laying out the ordinance. In fact, the only ones TV5 could find were posted as you enter Saginaw city limits.

We asked Stemple why there weren’t signs on every street.

“Well, it’s the same reason that there’s not a sign by every fire hydrant that says you can’t park within 15 foot of a fire hydrant. We can’t put signs on every street indicating the three to six,” Stemple said.

Stemple also said it's up to the apartment complex to provide parking to residents.

When TV5 approached Carl Nerio, New Amadore's manager, he said this should not be an issue.

"Originally, the owner had an abatement with the city of Saginaw to park from Jefferson to Hoyt Street, and it's been like that since 98,” Nerio said.

Stemple said he's looking into it, but meanwhile, there's plenty of frustration.

"I just find it irritating that they decided to ticket the vehicles around here without notifying anybody,” Davidson said. 

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