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Drivers beware: Tow trucks take over Greenville neighborhood

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New parking enforcement rules in Greenville are now in effect and it's unleashed a flow of tow trucks near ECU’s campus.

They showed up like clockwork in the Tar River University Neighborhood Tuesday as Greenville parking enforcement officers wrote dozens of tickets. They targeted violators of a new city ordinance that says you must live in that neighborhood and have a $5 a year resident permit to park there weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Officers issued $20 tickets to people without permits since Oct. 1, but starting Tuesday, they will also tow your car.

City officials say the area adjacent to campus became a "free-for-all" for students wanting a shorter walk to class at the expense of the people who live in the neighborhood and can't park at their own home.

"I guess it's fair in the sense that people who live here don't have anywhere to park on the street,” said ECU senior Lucas Ziglar, who regularly parks in the neighborhood. “But other than that, I think it's fair game for everybody to try to find a parking spot."

Ingrid Cabaniss, a parking enforcement officer, said she’s willing to compromise if a driver approaches her as she’s writing a ticket.

"We're just out here to make sure everyone's safe, and has somewhere to park, especially the residents that live here,” Cabaniss said. “We're not out to get anyone. We don't have to meet a quota."

If your car gets towed, contact the Greenville Police Department. It will cost you about $100 to get it back.

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The first "No Parking" sign went up today in the Tar River University Neighborhood right beside ECU's campus.

More will be popping up in coming weeks, as Public Works officials respond to countless complaints from residents.

They say students who want a shorter walk to campus are blocking private drive-ways and taking up road-side parking spots.

But now, students and others who park without a permit will get slapped with a $50 fine.

"It was a bit of a free-for-all with parking here," said Kevin Mulligan, Greenville Public Works Director. "So we're putting more of a plan in place. We have no parking on one side of the street. And there will be parking spots located on this side of the street and you'll have to have your permit A to park here. Or permit C to park near First Street and north of the river."

Parking permits are available for residents at Public Works and cost $5 for the year.

Enforcement will start mid-October.

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