Red Cliff gets serious about parking |

Red Cliff gets serious about parking

Dustin Racioppi
Red Cliff, CO Colorado
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RED CLIFF, Colorado ” Parking in Red Cliff, Colorado may not be so carefree anymore.

The Board of Trustees has drafted an ordinance that would restrict parking in town to make snow removal easier and maintain clear school bus and emergency vehicle lanes.

Town Attorney Ruth Borne said the board took notice of parking problems last winter, with bus and plow drivers making several complaints about carefree parking of cars, trucks and snowmobiles.

“During the winter, some people were parking haphazardly and blocking the ability for emergency vehicles to get through,” she said. “It’s something that other communities struggle with and are concerned about. We’re trying to create a safe community for everybody.”

Red Cliff’s neighbor to the north, Minturn, recently implemented parking restrictions to make the snowplowing easier.

Borne said while an ordinance in Red Cliff has been drafted, the trustees are waiting to hear back from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office “-who would be enforcing the ordinance “-on any recommendations or changes.

Trustee Eric Cregon said the intent of the ordinance isn’t to hassle people or make their lives more difficult.

“We’re just trying to make it so we can stay clear and get the bus in town,” he said.

And if that doesn’t happen, Cregon added, “At least there’s an opportunity for us to call the cops.”

Cregon said a lot of the town’s enforcement may be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Eagle Street resident Ron Mitchell said his snow removal and parking relationship has been working out well the last two-and-a-half-years he’s lived in town, and he hasn’t noticed any of the problems brought to town officials.

“Everything seems to be fine in my eyes, but that’s easy for me to say, I’m not the one plowing the snow,” he said. “Maybe there is a problem in town.”

The draft ordinance would limit parking outside the downtown district and eliminate parking on Turkey Creek Road and High Street, as well as prohibit on-street parking of trailers, snowmobiles and any car or truck that isn’t registered with the town. And, like in Minturn, there would be restricted parking on the north and south sides of certain streets on alternating days.

Even though he has no problems now, Mitchell said he’d have no problem with the restrictions, if they’re passed by the board.

“I’m willing to park on one side of the street on alternating days,” he said. “I’d do that if it makes (the snow plower’s) life easier.”

Borne said there could be changes made the ordinance before the board approves it, which she said could be as early as its next meeting, on Dec. 15.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

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