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Auburn City Council approves ordinance to restrict high school students parking in neighborhoods

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Each weekday morning 60 to 65 Auburn High School students park their cars up and down the streets of the neighborhood next door, leaving residents upset.

"They are in the middle of the street, they don't know how to drive, they are selfish and they'll stop right in the middle of the street, even walk in the middle of the street and they will not get over when you are driving. It's very frustrating," explains resident, Lara Potts.

In early 2013, Auburn City council Members approved restricted parking zones in the Terrace Acres subdivision after hearing residents voice their concerns.

"They've just moved further back into the neighborhood,” says Potts.

Tuesday, November 18, Auburn City Council considered and passed an ordinance to restrict parking on several additional residential streets.

Parking in these areas would be restricted from 7:30 AM until 10:00 AM.

"I am just at my wits end. I don't know what else to do," says resident, Janet Smith.

Nearly a dozen people who live in the area spoke during citizen's communications at the council meeting. Most of them are in favor of the ordinance, and complained the students parking there are a safety hazard and a nuisance.

Trash is being left in yards each day and some have even called the police to report suspicious drug activity.

"They have their freedom when they don't park at the high school to do the things they've been doing," explains resident, Carol Walters. 

City officials say the signs will more than likely be placed after the Thanksgiving holiday.

For a full list of the restricted streets visit www.auburnalabama.org.

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