Big Spring Giving Residents "Grace Period" Before Enforcing New Parking Ordinance

Big Spring Giving Residents "Grace Period" Before Enforcing New Parking Ordinance

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Big Spring residents, consider yourselves warned. The new parking ordinance, which bans parking on front lawns, will be enforced starting next week. Violators will be ticketed. But before that happens, residents will be given a grace period to get to know the new law.

"We've had a lot of complaints about people parking clear across the front yard. You get to a property where they own more than one car and you can get 10-15 out there, plus an RV, a boat," Code Enforcement Superintendent, Thomas Hodges, said.

Hodges said the city is not required to give a grace period but they're doing so for the residents.

"We felt it would be better to educate them a little bit, rather than say 'hey, move it off the unapproved surface,'" he explained.

NewsWest 9 went along with Hodges to check it out. The problem was evident. Many cars were parked on the sidewalks, the grass and blocking right of ways.

Janie Kiker, who lives in Big Spring, said she's glad the new ordinance is being enforced.

"People tend to park wherever they feel like it and that tends to lack in beauty," she chuckled adding that also thinks it's a good idea that extra time is being given before tickets are handed out.

"I think people should really have a chance to get things in order," she said.

Hodges said they want to work with residents.

"We're going to work with everyone, just to give everybody a heads up on what we're doing," he said.

If you have any questions, you can call Big Spring Code Enforcement at (432) 264-2505.