Vail parking officials to meet again |

Vail parking officials to meet again

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Town Council is treading carefully on what could look like more parking-fee increases within the town.

The town’s parking task force met last week and talked about a pilot program along the north side of North Frontage Road, west of the Shell station, that would charge town employees a sea-sonal rate to park along the road and in the former Wendy’s parking lot, an area where people now park free.

The task force also voted for a tick-et system at the temporary parking spots for shoppers in the main Vail parking structure, meaning more peo-ple would likely get caught and stuck with a $50 fee for exceeding the 2

1 ⁄ 2-

hour time limit on those spaces. Rather than prepaying for spots and getting a code-enforcement citation for exceeding the time limit, illegal parkers would pay the fine as they exited the structure.

Some council members feared this would send a bad message to people trying to come to town to park and spend money in its stores.

“I think we could accomplish the same thing with a lower rate for those additional minutes,” Councilman Far-row Hitt said. “I don’t think we’ve got to bang them with a sledgehammer – I think a little tap would work.”

The Town Council wanted another task-force meeting to work out more details before it decides to approve anything. The council is now sched-uled to vote on the parking options at its Oct. 20 meeting.

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