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Expanded paid parking up for council decision

Aspen Times Staff

A plan to expand Aspen’s paid parking zone, starting in June, is up for formal approval Monday with several required decisions from the City Council.So far, though, Tim Ware, head of the city’s Parking Department, said he has heard little hue and cry about the proposal – unlike the unrest that precipitated the introduction of paid parking in the downtown core more than a decade ago.On Monday, the council will take up a supplemental budget appropriation of about $750,000 to pay for 75 new pay-and-display meters, plus new signs, and a marketing and education program. The meters alone will cost about $680,000; they will generate an estimated $260,000 annually in new revenue.Also on the council’s agenda is a contract to purchase the meters and first reading of a fee ordinance allowing the city to charge for the parking.It is also the public’s chance to comment on the plan at a public hearing.Metered parking, where motorists pay by the hour, will expand from the downtown core into roughly a three-block radius in the surrounding area where motorists can currently park for free for up to two hours, and where commuters move their cars around all day to avoid both paying to park and getting a ticket.The proposal calls for a $1-per-hour fee to park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the extended zone, or $5 for an all-day pass. The $5 pass is an available option now, but many motorists choose to move their vehicles around all day instead, Ware said.The council previously agreed informally to move forward with the expansion of paid parking by a 3-2 margin. Monday’s council meeting starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall.


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