Council asked to pony up for parking study |

Council asked to pony up for parking study

Glenwood Springs is getting set to research space, but this exploration won’t take a rocket scientist.A task force consisting of members of the Downtown Development Authority and Glenwood Springs city employees has been looking into how to make the most of space – downtown parking space – in an attempt to lessen parking shortages and determine where new parking areas should be built.Preliminary work is done, so now it’s time to seek funding for a field study – or asphalt study as the case may be – to back up the task force’s findings with data. “The task force now needs to be funded in order to implement the Parking Utilization Field Study, required to collect the raw data to measure turnover and parking patterns in the downtown area,” DDA Board member David Hauter wrote in a memo to City Council. “This data will be compiled, analyzed and presented in a final report to council,” he added.The task force will ask the Glenwood Springs City Council for $13,912 to fund the study. The study, which the memo points out is a procedure recommended by parking experts, “is an essential element of the ongoing effort to create a strategic plan to improve downtown parking.”The proposed budget for the parking survey includes 144 hours of field study (paying workers $12 per hour), 72 hours of clipboard interviewers (also $12 per hour), $1,320 for a consultant, $1,000 for a facilitator and $9,000 for compiling and reviewing the surveys, then preparing a final report (more than $12 per hour). The funding source being looked at is the city’s General Improvement District. If the money is granted, the field survey will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 through Aug. 12. “While some may believe the parking problems are obvious and solutions are simple, it is also true that a wide variety of perceptions and conflicting interests can be very misleading when compared with what actually happens on the streets and in the parking lots,” Hauter wrote. City Council’s agenda also includes:-A report on a municipal parking facility concept design and cost estimate. -Appropriation of $4,000 toward a whitewater park study.-Appropriation of $518,000 from the River Trails Fund to build a pedestrian underpass and trail connection along Midland Avenue.-A continued hearing for a request to extend the Urban Growth Boundary, grant zoning and annex Red Feather Ridge, formerly known as Four Mile Ranch. -Council will consider three appeals concerning a proposed drive-through bank between 19th and 20th Streets on Grand Avenue.

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