The police department has been approached by owners of some downtown properties, especially in the area around St. Joseph's Church, about parking problems during services. They requested that I write a letter to the editor explaining their position. Please do not park on private property WITHOUT the permission of the owner of the property or you can be ticketed and/or towed.
The property owners have the right to contact a towing company and have a vehicle removed as long as they have it posted and do not have to contact the police department before doing so. They are also having issues with vehicles being parked in their private parking lots and not utilizing their business but going to other businesses and leaving their vehicle parked for hours and sometimes overnight, which takes up valuable space for legitimate customers.
As of Friday, the owners will begin towing and/or calling the police department to issue citations.
Chief Fredrick W. Stevens,
Tiffin Police Department