Created: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:12:00 MST
Updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:37:54 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Multiple streets near Colorado Mesa University recently lost their right of way status, and now dozens of tickets are being issued to anybody parked near designated sidewalks without a permit.
Grand Junction City Council held multiple hearings earlier this year for an ordinance vacating parts of Cannell, Elm, Kennedy, and Texas Avenues. The vacated property was given to CMU free of charge, and the university erected dozens of “Commuter Permit Required” signs.
The new CMU parking map includes hundreds of yards new off limits areas to anybody who doesn't pay, and it's catching dozens of students off guard.
“I have gotten a ticket [at CMU] before but it was for parking in a parking lot, but I've never gotten one for parking on the side of the road,” said university junior Brandi Vlasman.
Grand Junction City and CMU are currently in talks to vacate more land to open up for further university expansion. Public hearing dates to give up more right of way roads have not yet been set.