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Minturn restricts some parking

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Minturn, CO Colorado
Shane Macomber/Daily file photoStarting Nov. 1, Minturn will limit parking to two hours on parts of Main Street.
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MINTURN ” The time limit on Main Street parking in Minturn, Colorado is going from seven days to two hours.

In August, the town council approved a parking plan that sets a limit on Main Street parking. Opposite sides of the street will be closed at times during the winter. The plan takes affect Nov. 1.

“The impetus was just inefficiency in snow plowing and snow removal,” said interim Town Manager Gary Suiter. “We had parking scattered up and down the street, sometimes the cars ended up as dimples in the snow.”



Parking on the east side of Main Street, Boulder Street, Pine Street and Taylor Street will be banned on Mondays and Wednesdays. Parking along west side of the streets will be prohibited on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The ban will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and run through April.

A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Minturn Town Hall.



Suiter said the two-hour Main Street parking limit was created to help increase turnover in spots in front of businesses.

“You could have a person camp there for seven days right in front of the liquor store,” he said. “We heard comments about that and thought (the plan) would be a spot where we could create two-hour zones.”

Reaction to the plan by business along Main Street has been mixed.



Rob Rollins, owner of the Colorado Mattress Company, said the town should’ve made the change years ago.

“It inhibits our ability to do business in a comfortable way,” said Rollins, who often uses the space in front of his store to unload shipments. “People park here and take off and leave, they’re not thinking about it.”

Holy Toledo 2 sales clerk Tracy Long also noticed people leave their cars in front of the shop for extended periods of time.

“I think that’s a problem for any business,” she said. “I think (the plan) is a good idea.”

Blueline Architects co-owner Ken Bridges has a different take on the parking plan.

“I can understand how it would benefit retail because parking is a dilemma, especially in the winter,” Bridges said. “But we purchased this office space with the understanding that we had parking on Main Street for our employees.”

Bridges is concerned the change could decrease the value of the property. He said he plans to pitch the town the idea of issuing all-day parking permits for some businesses to give their employees.

Violators of the new parking regulations will initially get a verbal warning but could receive a $31 ticket or have their vehicle towed, said Minturn police spokeswoman Lisa Osborne.

“We really want to avoid issuing tickets as part of it,” she said. “We want to work with people.”

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.


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