Not a simple parking job

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. *See the complete story in this week's S-E!