Words from the chief

The City Council voted to re-sign all of the municipal parking lots in downtown Saline and to update parking restrictions. Lot #3 (on S. Henry by the water tower) and Lot #5 (on McKay between N. Ann Arbor and N. Lewis) are 24-hour lots. These lots are intended for persons employed downtown to have a place to park for their work day. A permit process is also in place to accommodate people who require a place to park vehicles in excess of the 24 hours. Please contact City Hall or the Police Department for permit procedures. Parking Lot #1 (Northeast Quadrant), Lot #2 (Southeast Quadrant) and Lot #4 (Southwest Quadrant) are restricted to 4 hours of free parking from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday thru Saturday. The Police Department began enforcing the parking laws on January 1, 2015. Persons in violation of parking laws may receive a parking ticket after the first 4 hours and additional tickets every 2 hours thereafter until 6:00 pm. The parking laws were put in place to allow downtown patrons a free place to park, allowing for a no-cost shopping experience. Some people were parking in violation of the previous parking time limits in the restricted lots, which prohibited patrons from using the spaces. Several parking tickets have been issued; however, the goal of the Police Department is compliance, which should result in ample parking for our downtown patrons. I would like to share a few Department statistics from 2014. In July, the Police Department changed the way activity was being captured. This allowed the Police Department to better illustrate what and how many activities were being performed. From July – December 2014, the Police Department achieved:

Business Checks 10,097
Residential Checks 4,488
Person Checks 2,801
Vehicle Checks 2,654

Chief Larry Hrinik
Saline Police Department
100 North Harris, Saline,
Michigan 48176
lhrinik [at] cityofsaline [dot] org

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