City Council approves multi-day parking pass – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

The Estes Park City Council met at City Hall on Tuesday, June 28 for its regular bi-weekly meeting where it approved a new paid parking pass, agreed to let Larimer County fix a few streets in Estes Park, and more.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Administrator Marie Cenac shared her thoughts and feelings on Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief John Jaros, who was randomly shot while traveling on the I-70 with his wife and three children.

Council observed a minute of silence in his honor before continuing.

After liaison reports from the Board of Directors, the night’s consent agenda was adopted. It included the approval of a $600 forest gnome sculpture for the sensory garden at George Hix Riverside Plaza, an agreement to spend $162,509 with the Larimer County Department of Roads and Bridges on road improvements City-owned (portions of Riverside Dr., Peak View Dr., and Fish Creek Rd.), and the appointment of Aleta Kazadi to the Family Advisory Board to serve the remainder of John Bryant’s term expiring April 15, 2023, completing the council of 7 to 10 members.

All expenses for the consent program have been budgeted.

Paid parking cards

Last year, Resolution 81-21 established the seasonal paid parking and parking permit fees for 2022. On Tuesday, council passed Resolution 53-22 which amends the original Resolution 81-21 and works policy. Public 842: Parking Permit, to include a new permit. type: the Express Pass.

“The Express Pass is a pre-purchased parking permit that provides a flat rate for one, two or three days of parking at one of the city’s eight seasonal paid parking lots during the paid parking season,” said Vanessa Solesbee, Parking and Transit Manager. “The Express Pass is not valid for overnight parking. This type of permit would be for day trippers, those staying at local hotels or vacation rentals, and/or frequent visitors to the Front Range who are not eligible for a local 60 minute permit.

One-, two-, and three-day back-to-back options would be available for $12, $22, and $30, respectively. This translates into a discount of $2, $6 and $12 for the three different daily periods.

Similar to existing city permits, Express Pass would not guarantee a parking spot in any way. All public parking spaces will remain first come, first served.

“Public Works staff propose to implement the Express Pass in 2022 as a pilot program for the remainder of the 2022 paid parking season. Staff plan to collect data on the impact of the Express Pass program for ensure it doesn’t negatively impact revenue, which is a fundamental goal of the seasonal paid parking program,” Solesbee said. “Staff also plan to track the impact of the Express Pass on customer experience and ‘ground-truth’ some of the assumptions made when developing the permit.”

Beyond staff time, there are no anticipated costs to implement the new pass.

“Very few customers park for the full seven hours of the daily paid parking period. The loss of revenue due to the discount should be inconsequential,” Solesbee said.

Express Passes will not be available for purchase on Independence Day (July 4) and Elk Fest weekend (October 1 and 2).

“The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) is supporting an express pass pilot program that will be tested during the 2022 paid parking season,” said TAB Chair Belle Morris. “TAB members participated in a collaborative process that included in-depth member discussions, membership in the parking task force, and engaging feedback with public works staff. TAB appreciates the process provided and ultimately a refined Express Pass result.

Express passes can be purchased on the Park Mobile app that many residents and guests use to pay for parking at Estes Park.

Private sidewalk repair

Estes Park Director of Public Works Greg Muhonen appeared before the Board of Directors to present Ordinance 09-22 which amends Title 12 of the Estes Park Municipal Code (EPMC) regarding construction and the maintenance of sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the rights-of-way of public roads.

The previous process for repairing such damage is codified in the EPMC but, according to Muhonen, “has not been followed for many years.”

The old EMPC language contained a five-step process where the city council would determine when and where repairs are needed. City staff will then document the repairs in a resolution and present it to council. Staff would then send a written notice to the landlord to complete the repairs within 30 days and if the repairs were not completed, the city was obligated to complete the work and bill the landlord.

If the bill is not paid within 30 days of receipt of the bill, the city was required to forward the charges to the Larimer County Treasurer for collection with property taxes due.

With council unanimously passing Ordinance 09-22 on Tuesday, the new code language states that the city engineer has the authority to identify needed repairs and require the adjacent property owner to make the repairs. Owners then have a minimum of 60 days to make repairs and the municipal engineer has the discretion to grant longer periods to complete the work. It also eliminates the need for a city council resolution.

“The code update will expedite repair actions by allowing the City Engineer to directly proceed with repairing sidewalk trip hazards without the delay and administrative effort of a City Council resolution for each individual repair. “, Muhonen said. “Reducing tripping hazards and fixing broken edging improves our community’s attractiveness and appeal to visitors while decreasing liability for damage claims resulting from tripping and falling accidents.”

No homeowner will be required to install a curb, gutter or sidewalk where there was none before.


Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority (LETA) CEO Kimberly Culp provided the board with an update on the service that proved crucial during the 2020 fire evacuations.

The government agency that acts as the administrator of 9-1-1 emergency services is funded by a telephone service surcharge of $1.10 per month for a total of approximately $3.2 million per year. The guidelines for funding LETA are outlined in Title 29 of the state legislature.

On August 1, LETA will fully implement the “Eyes Inside” feature for smartphones that will allow 9-1-1 dispatchers to send callers a video link that will allow the caller to stream live. It will also give dispatchers the ability to take and send photos and videos, black out the screen so the phone can still record when it appears to be off, and summon first responders.

The technology is currently in a “soft launch” phase and has already been used to record a video of a shoplifter which is now official evidence.

To receive LETA alerts on your phone, download the ReachWell app, set your language, then search and add Northern Colorado (NOCO) alerts. You can also text NOCOAlert to 888777 to receive alerts.

Platte River Electric Authority

Platte River Power Authority PRPA General Manager and CEO Jason Frisbie and other PRPA officials provided an annual update on the utility that serves Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.

PRPA’s Rawhide Unit 1 facility is one of the few sites in the world to have wind, solar, gas, coal and battery storage on a single site, running through a substation.

“This facility is still our cheapest resource, but we can’t do anything about the carbon it produces, it’s a by-product of burning coal, like any internal combustion engine,” So if the goal is to eliminate carbon and get to zero, there’s no way to keep that factory open, no matter how economical.

Rawhide Unit 1 is scheduled to close on December 31, 2029, at which time all coal production will be phased out. The APPR will have a 94% reduction in CO2 by 2030, which is 14% more than the 80% reduction required by the State.

Carbon-free resources will represent 36.3% of the APPR’s projected energy portfolio for 2022. Coal will still represent 52.7%, wind 24.9%, hydro 9.1%, solar 2 .3%, natural gas 0.1% and “other purchases” 10.9% of PRPA production.

Estes Park accounts for only about five percent of PRPA usage, but still has the same number of votes (two) as the other three cities that own it. Loveland accounts for 23%, Longmont 27% and Fort Collins 47% of PRPA use.

Formed by the four municipalities in 1973, after the federal government decided to withdraw from hydroelectricity in the region, PRPA is a community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that generates and delivers dependable services , reliable, environmentally friendly and financially sustainable energy and services.

“One of the things that we talked about on the board, that we’ve never done before at PRPA, that we think is important and that we’re looking forward to, is that on July 12 we’re going to be hosting a meeting with the four city managers and the four utility managers so we can discuss how we can start working more closely on the distribution side of the meter,” Frisbie said.

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