September 19, 2014 Vol. 13 No. 43
Off-season parking schedule will start in October this year
Written by Jeanne Davant   

Enthusiastic welcome for the governor

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Top, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder exchange an enthusiastic greeting during a reception for the governor last Friday evening at the Manitou Art Center’s Venue 515. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited the city as part of Manitou Springs’ United Day of Service commemorating the anniversary of the 2013 floods. Second from top, Gov. John Hickenlooper was on hand last Saturday at Soda Springs Park, praising Manitou residents for their resiliency and efforts to rebuild after last year’s devastating floods. Bottom, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia delivered an enthusiastic speech, commending the Manitou Springs city government and Pikes Peak United Way and area businesses that helped in Manitou’s recovery.

Top Photo by Jeanne Davant, middle and bottom photos by Larry Ferguson

Off-season parking will go into effect in downtown Manitou Springs on Oct. 6.

Beginning that Monday and running through March 26, you’ll have the option of three hours of free parking Monday through Thursday. Paid parking hours will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Current parking rates of $1 per hour for the first 3 hours, $2 per hour for 4 to 5 hours and $3 per hour for 6 or more hours will still apply Friday through Sunday. The free first 15 minutes option also will remain on weekends.

You’ll still have to enter your license number and choose a parking option either at a kiosk or with the city’s downloadable smartphone app.

City Council approved the off-season changes at Tuesday’s meeting.

Parking Manager David Gagnon recommended starting the off-season schedule earlier this year, City Planner Michelle Anthony told Council. Off-season rates and hours went into effect in November last year.

Gagnon said he has seen a dramatic decrease in parking revenues and citations since the Incline closed for repairs last month, and fewer people are parking downtown early in the morning and after 5 p.m.

Hours and rates at the Metro District parking lots will remain the same.

During discussion of the changes, Councilman Sarge MacDonald said he had heard complaints from motorcyclists, who routinely park more than one bike in one parking space, about having to pay parking fees for each cycle.

“You’re not paying for an actual space; you’re paying per vehicle,” Anthony said.

Mayor Marc Snyder suggested that warning tickets be issued the first time cyclists park multiple motorcycles in a single space and fail to pay the parking fee for each cycle, and asked Anthony to discuss that option with Gagnon.

In other action, Council approved changes in the fines for parking in a fire lane and within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

Fines for stopping, standing or parking in front of a hydrant had been $35 for a first offense, $45 for a second violation and $55 for a third ticket.

Upon recommendation of the Parking Authority Board, Council approved raising the fines to coincide with those for parking in a fire lane and added fines for second and third instances of fire lane parking.

The fees for both violations now are $100, $200 and $300 for the first, second and third occurrences, respectively.

Council also passed an ordinance creating permits for construction or moving activities in the paid on-street parking zones.

Residents or business owners who need space for construction or moving activities can apply for a permit and avoid paying hourly parking fees.

Construction permits will cost $10 for an 8-hour day for one space and $15 per day for each additional day.

Moving permits will cost $15 for one space, $35 for two spaces and $60 for three spaces for one 8-hour day. For each additional day, the cost will be the one-day fee plus $5.

Neither permit may be used for on-street storage of materials.