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Parking Profits: Winter parking citations issued on S. 15th Street see a drastic dip

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 07:37:29-05

MILWAUKEE -- People were stunned last year to learn which Milwaukee street had the most winter parking tickets in a single stretch.

No, it was not on the east side.

The Department of Public Works says the 900 to 3800 blocks of South 15th Street had the most tickets in February of 2018. In five nights, 528 snow removal operations-related tickets were handed out.

A much different story this year. In the six nights snow removal parking rules were in effect from mid-January to Feb. 1, 2019, tickets were down on that same stretch to 281 citations.

Jorge Franco, Hispanic Chamber of Wisconsin CEO tells us there was a lot of confusion when the four-inch rule was removed. He vowed last year he would make sure the Hispanic community on the south side would have more warning.

"We circulated out fliers, we disseminated information to help make people aware," said Franco.

He believes getting the community signed up for text alerts also made a huge difference.

Franco said he may have ruffled a few feathers trying to make a difference.

"Folks don't want to hear about problems and issues. Many of our folks in the Hispanic community are low and moderate income and that means they have less options."

Part of this stretch of road also falls into Alderman Tony Zielinksi's district. He told us last year he requested the Department of Public Works to increase their outreach information in this area.

He also hopes this serves as a reminder to always pay attention so you won't land a ticket also.