Reserved parking at Vail in future? |

Reserved parking at Vail in future?

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday afternoon and evening meetings.

Present: Jenn Bruno, Greg Moffet, Ludwig Kurz, Margaret Rogers, Dave Chapin, Dale Bugby, Mayor Andy Daly.

Issue: Discussion about a trial program that would allow people to make parking reservations in town structures.

Who they talked to: Greg Hall, town public works director.

What they talked about: Hall told the council that his department has been approached by a company that provides online and phone parking reservations. The company provides reservations at Denver International Airport and other venues in the Denver area.

What council members said: Rogers said the proposal “leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” adding that parking spaces for locals would lost in favor of people willing to pay more for parking.

Bugby said he’d prefer providing better online and mobile data about availability in the town’s structures and parking lots.

But Moffet said a separate area of the structures could be set aside for reserved parking.

Bruno said the ability to make parking reservations could help ease a common complaint from valley residents about coming into Vail.

“I hear it all the time — people don’t want to deal with Vail because of parking hassles.”

What’s next? With a council majority in favor of looking into the reservation system, Stan Zemler, town manager, said town employees would work with the private firm to set aside a few spaces and see how reservations might work

Issue: Second reading of an ordinance that imposes business license fees and sales tax requirements on individual property owners who rent their units online.

How they voted: 7-0 to approve.

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