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Not a simple parking job

October 3, 2011

The issue of diagonal parking has yet to find a permanent spot on the city’s project roster as Colville City Council members contested what some saw as increasing costs to attempts to convert Main Street away from parallel parking at last Tuesday’s council meeting.
Since Colville’s Main Street is actually federal Highway 395 and managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), some council members felt that the procedures WSDOT required the city to go through to re-instate diagonal parking were too costly.
“I think they (WSDOT) don’t want us to do this and they are trying to out price us,” said Nancy Foll.
Municipal Services Administrator Eric Durpos presented a diagonal parking final report from Welch Comer and Associates, Inc. The council approved a contract with Welch Comer for $5,950 in April to coordinate, review and justify diagonal parking to WSDOT.
Though Durpos said the presentation was more of a conceptual plan and not a final design, the Colville Parking Commission, a city committee mad eup of business owners and volunteers, was less than pleased with the final result.
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Comments

Parking Change Wastes Money

October 9, 2011 by TruthScribe (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 855

Changing parking from parallel to diagonal downtown is foolish and at this point of time in an economic downturn, is a total waste of taxpayer money. To me, this is another example of Mayor Dick Nichols acting like Don Quixote tilting at windmills. The cost is too high especially in these hard times.

On a functional level, diagonal parking will be a trouble maker too. Think about how wild it gets in front of the post office on most days. People won't slow down to let backers out of their space, and it is next to impossible for small cars to see around trucks and large vehicles parked next to them. Small car owners back blindly into the street.

If the downtown business owners are concerned about ease of parking, maybe they should increase parking lot space!

Every person who takes driver's education learns to parallel park properly. There is no problem to this method. Dump the expense and drop this idea now!

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