71 all-day parking spaces limited to 2 hours
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The two-hour shuffle could become downtown’s official dance in 2004.
The two-hour shuffle is a nickname for moving your vehicle every two hours to avoid getting a parking ticket in two-hour parking areas.
On Thursday, the Glenwood Springs City Council approved a plan to change 71 all-day parking spaces into two-hour spaces.
The two parking lots that will see changes are located at the corner of 7th Street and Colorado Avenue and at the corner of 9th Street and Cooper Avenue. The changes result from council’s approval of most of phase 2 of the Downtown Parking Task Force’s recommendations.
All 47 spaces at the 7th Street and Colorado Avenue parking lot will switch from all-day parking to two-hour parking.
At the 9th and Cooper lot, located behind the U.S. Forest Service building, two rows, or 24 spaces, will be restricted to two-hour parking.
City Councilman Dave Merritt said the changes will be implemented as soon as possible, and he guessed that all the new parking signs will be posted in the two lots by March.
Two parts of the task force’s phase 2 recommendations were not approved Thursday night:
– Widening of the pedestrian ramp that brings people onto the wing street between 7th and 8th streets.
– All-day parking at the old Garfield County shop buildings on School Street.
Councilwoman Chris McGovern sought to modify the phase 2 recommendations to allow more all-day parking closer to downtown.
“It’s not just numbers, it’s placement,” she said of the parking spaces.
But others on council disagreed with her suggestions.
“I think Chris’ (idea) is probably too big a jump for me,” Mayor Larry Emery said.
Councilman Joe O’Donnell suggested holding a work session to discuss the parking issue.
“I think we need to talk a lot more about this before we pass it,” he said.
Instead, council went ahead with a vote and passed phase 2 of the parking plan by a vote of 5-2.
“The merchant who brings in the customers and the sales tax that runs the city is being told, ‘There’s no place for you,'” said McGovern, who voted against the measure.
In other business, City Council:
– Appointed Victor Zerbi as Glenwood Springs municipal judge and Sherry Caloia as associate municipal judge.
– Voted to join the Northwest Council of Governments.
– Approved pitching in $40,000 toward the construction of new rest rooms at Sopris Park near Sopris Elementary School.
– Approved an ordinance to refund city fees over a five-year period to businesses that move into the city, relocate within the city or increase their size. The fees would be refunded at 20 percent per year based on a sales tax formula.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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