Eagle Street parking safe for now
MINTURN – Minturn business owners scored a minor victory after persuading the Town Council to reconsider the design of an Eagle River park that would have eliminated prime parking spaces for downtown businesses.Parking is considered by many business owners to be a precious, limited commodity in Minturn. They are worrying about losing parking spots near the river on Eagle Street.”We’re not saying don’t build the park. We’re asking the town staff to incorporate parking,” said Rohn Robbins, attorney for property owner Tim Simon, who leases 11 of the parking spaces on Eagle Street from the town.Miscommunication between the town and Simon lead to the council accepting business owners’ pleas to include parking in the park’s design. “We violated the rules because we didn’t notify Tim (Simon) that his lease was up,” Councilman Darell Wegert said.
However, the entire council did not agree to redesign the park, which it will discuss again at its meeting Nov. 2. Councilman Tom Sullivan said the river is one of city’s best assets and the town is best served by having the park in its original design without the parking spaces.”You have to have the courage to stick by your decisions,” Sullivan said.Randy Milhoan, owner of Milhoan Studios in Minturn, gathered the signatures of 30 area business who want to keep the spaces.”All the business owners are concerned about losing parking,” Milhoan said. “We do not oppose the park, but we do oppose the loss of parking.”Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
==========================================QUOTE”We do not oppose the park, but we do oppose the loss of parking.”- Randy Milhoan, Minturn