"Texas Tech students are not dumb. If we park illegally and we get a ticket, we don't park anywhere," said Tech Student President Mitchell Moses. After his comment, he received much ridicule from the neighbors.
Moses tries to convince a crowd of frustrated Tech Terrace residents not all Tech students are to blame for all of the problems in the neighborhood. Even City Councilman Gary Boren agreed. "I tell you, the system is broke. We need to fix the problem."
Most every neighbor who talked complained about enforcement. Whether it be law or codes, residents felt it's practically non-existent. "I think in the end, it wasn't about Tech versus the community, it was Tech and community calling on our city to do a better job of enforcement," said Moses.
Councilman Boren says the city is 100 officers short of where the city should be. "We're hiring officers as fast as we can move them through the system," said Boren.
But until then, Boren says the city council will work with the city to handle parking issues, party nuisances, and bad yards he says its about time the city gets aggressive by writing more tickets with the labor force already in place. "I guarantee we're listening. December 7th we will write some hard policies to kick some tail and get things done," said Boren.
Texas Tech representatives are taking back some ideas for solutions like possibly creating a liaison commission that would help residents and students be better neighbors.