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County cool to more two-hour parking downtown

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Garfield County Commissioners expressed resistance Tuesday to the conversion to more two-hour parking spaces downtown.

In a joint meeting of the commission and Glenwood Springs City Council, the boards considered whether to convert half the spaces in the parking lot at the corner of Colorado Avenue and 7th Street to two-hour spaces.

“I think basically, the city’s objective … is to increase the inventory of short-term parking in the downtown area,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Larry Emery said.



The proposed change to the lot is a small piece of the city’s overall downtown parking plan. The 7th and Colorado lot is included in the second part of a three-phase plan designed to promote parking turnover. The goal is for potential downtown customers to more easily find short-term parking.

The lot is jointly owned by the city and the county. It contains 47 spaces, 23 of which would be restricted to two-hour parking according to the city’s proposal.



City attorney Karl Hanlon, whose office overlooks the city’s new “MOC lot” ” located north of the county jail and City Hall on 7th Street ” said there are typically 20 to 30 spaces available at the lot on a daily basis. There were 22 regular spaces and two handicapped-accessible spaces available shortly before noon on Tuesday.

“We need to have a joint decision on what to do with that lot,” Emery said of the 7th and Colorado lot.

Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt said she’s concerned that the lack of all-day parking spaces makes it difficult for the many people who work downtown to find parking.

“My concern is we’re going to start focusing so much on the short-term parking that we’ll forget about the people who are here all day,” Houpt said.

Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson said the phased plan is designed to slowly change people’s parking habits and provide more spaces for retail and restaurant customers.

“Sometimes it takes a carrot-and-stick approach to get people to change their habits,” he said.

County Commissioner John Martin suggested implementing four-hour parking at the lot as a compromise.

Martin said the commissioners will try to make a decision on the matter within a week.

In other business at the morning meeting, the council and commission discussed:

– Tree planting in the courtyard in front of the Garfield County Jail. Referring back to a decision made in 2002 that called for one tree to be planted in the courtyard each Arbor Day, Martin asked why no trees have been planted. He then suggested that three trees be planted this year to catch up with the last two years.

– The roundabout at Airport, Midland and Four Mile roads. According to Thompson, the roundabout likely will be built this summer.

The next joint meeting between the two boards will be at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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