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St. Louis (KSDK) - Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs, until now.

Recently the St. Louis Street Department removed confusing signage on Chestnut Street between 14th and 15th in Downtown St. Louis.  It's the result of a Five on Your Side investigation.


Kate Wilkerson alerted us of the problem. The signs on the block were inconsistent. There were three different types, some with differing information. And while some meters displayed parking restrictions, some did not.


On a Saturday night, Wilkerson parked to go to the Peabody.


"It wasn't marked, it was after 7 o'clock on the weekend, so I thought I was good to go," said Wilkerson.


But when she returned, she had a ticket. When Five on Your Side's Mike Rush tried to get answers from the city treasurer's office, which oversees the city's parking services operation, he got a  roadblock.



Rush ran into the deputy treasurer, Tom Stoff, in the hall of the treasurer's office and tried to talk to him.


Rush: We've called several times, why is it that nobody is interested in calling us back? Hello? You can't give us five minutes of your time? 


Rush: This is over a pretty simple parking issue. What's, what's the secrecy surrounding it?


Stoff: None that I can think of.


Rush: Well , then why can't we get a few minutes of your time?


Stoff went to his car, shut the door and drove off.


While Stoff didn't seem interested in helping out, Todd Waelterman, director of the street department was.


Waelterman investigated and found out owners of the Ford building requested the residential parking and it's the building's job to maintain the signs.


Waelterman declared the signs sub-par and warned the building to install better, more permanent signs in 30 days or the signs will come down.


After that deadline, Five on Your Side went back and nothing had changed.


"I had somebody go check it out as soon as you called me," said Waelterman.


Soon the confusing signs came down, along with the possibility of other drivers getting unjustified parking tickets.


"People get busy. They get complacent, they forget about it. Maybe they didn't take it seriously," said Waelterman.


Waelterman says the Ford Building has six city blocks reserved at certain times for its residents. He's looking into that to see if the building really needs that many.


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