Vail mulls new parking fees
October 7, 2009
VAIL, Colo. – The Vail Town Council is treading carefully when it comes to more parking fees.
The town’s parking task force met last week and discussed a pilot program that would charge employees a seasonal rate to park along the north side of North Frontage Road and in the former Wendy’s parking lot – areas where parking has been free.
The task force also endorsed a ticket system at the temporary parking spots for shoppers in the main Vail parking structure, meaning more people would likely get caught and stuck with a $50 fee for exceeding the two-and-a-half-hour time limit on those spaces. Rather than prepaying for spots and receiving a citation for exceeding the time limit, violators would pay the fine as they exited the structure.
Some council members fear the approach would send the wrong message to people trying to come to town to park and shop in its stores.
“I think we could accomplish the same thing with a lower rate for those additional minutes,” Councilman Farrow 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 suggested another meeting of the task force before any action is taken. The council is cheduled to vote on the parking options at its Oct. 20 meeting.