Oh, say can’t you see those Aspen no-parking signs?
July 23, 2010
ASPEN – A city judge Wednesday gave a hotel general manager a break on three parking tickets that were issued to Molly Gibson Lodge guests who parked on the Fourth of July parade route in Aspen.
At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Brooke Peterson cut in half the fines for the three tickets – from a combined $150 to $75.
The tickets were issued to vehicles that were parked on Hopkins Avenue and Garmisch and Aspen streets, which were marked with no-parking signs because of the parade.
Because the lodge gave its guests parking passes, and they were not aware that they had parked on the parade route, the lodge paid for the tickets.
“It’s just seems somewhat punitive to fine them,” Jeff Bay, general manager of the Molly Gibson, told the judge. He added that “tourists, not being from the area, they felt that since we gave them a parking pass there was an exception.”
Bay also said the city makes it tough on business with its parking rules.
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“We’re a 50-room hotel, and it’s a lot to ask guests to park several blocks away,” Bay said.
Responded Peterson: “You are not unique. There are very few hotels that have parking on site.”
Peterson also told Bay it was hotel management’s responsibility to look for signs indicating that parking was not allowed because of the parade route.
“Your employees have to tell people where they can and can’t park,” he said.
Peterson said if the hotel does not accrue any parking tickets in the next six months during Aspen special events, he would suspend the remaining $75 in fines.
In other news out of municipal court, Peterson gave a six-month deferred judgment to Hunter Bar, a downtown Aspen establishment, for violating the city’s noise ordinance on July 6.
According to testimony, bar management placed two speakers outside to attract customers. The noise from the speakers also attracted five complaints.
The bar faces up to a $1,000 fine if it violates the noise ordinance within the next six months.
The following is a recap of Aspen police activity from July 16-22. The arrests do not reflect an indictment or disposition in the cases.
• July 16 -Officers responded to a report of a vehicular disturbance in the Aspen core. Arrested was Casey Owens, 28, of Aspen for DUI and careless driving. He was transported to Pitkin County Jail.
• July 17 – Officers arrested James Myers, 21, of Aspen on an active warrant from Kansas. He was transported to Pitkin County Jail.
• July 19 – Jerry Lasker, 56, of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit theft from the Ute Mountaineer.
• July 20 – Theresa Hanson-Harrison, 47, of Aspen was arrested and transported to Pitkin County Jail, where she was charged with two counts of forged prescription, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and violation of bail bond.
• July 21 -William Bertenshaw, 54, of Aspen was arrested for violation of a protection order. He was transported to Pitkin County Jail.
• July 21 – Kasey McQueen, 26, of Snowmass Village was arrested for driving while license revoked for DUI and obstructed vision.
– compiled by Rick Carroll