Stuck in neutral: Truckee parking group undecided |

Stuck in neutral: Truckee parking group undecided

Cars site parked along Donner Pass Road Tuesday in front of parking meters in this file photo.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The town’s parking committee remains undecided on a unified recommendation to eliminate downtown parking costs of roughly $125,000 to the town and its redevelopment agency.

The committee met Tuesday at town hall. Some members said downtown business owners should pay for parking through a newly created Property Based Improvement District; others and#8212; some of whom were downtown business owners themselves and#8212; denounced the idea, instead suggesting a modified parking plan be created to shift costs within the town by increasing meter rates to patrons, expanding meter hours and ending or renegotiating land leases, among other suggestions.

Heated debate continued, with a few advocating the town simply pull funding for all parking and force downtown business owners to take responsibility for their actions, such as employees known for filling parking spots outside nearby businesses.

Downtown business owners decried the idea, saying it would be a sure way to create a mass exodus of owners unwilling to renew their leases.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said it is unlikely such a recommendation would be adopted by the town.

and#8220;What I’m not interested in is and#8216;let’s show the businesses that they have to step up,’ I don’t think the town wants to be involved in any type of knee jerk response to the downtown parking challenge,and#8221; Lashbrook said. and#8220;The cost of a knee jerk response is too high and potentially catastrophic.and#8221;

Lashbrook also said those committee members wanting the town to simply make cuts by shifting funding should acknowledge they really want the general taxpayer to pay for parking.

and#8220;The first thing I heard was that the town should just pay for downtown property (parking), and if that’s the consensus of the group, my suggestion is just recommend that, congratulate yourself, and be done because you don’t have the right people in here to figure what services are to be cut to make that work,and#8221; said Lashbrook, referring to adjustments that would need to be made to balance the town’s budget.

and#8220;Let the managers manage and deal with the philosophical issues,and#8221; he said, referring to deciding who should bear the brunt of parking costs: the taxpayer, downtown business owners or patrons.

Paul Leyton, the committee’s chair, said more deliberation will be needed; ultimately, the recommendation will be some type of middle ground.

and#8220;Everything we’re going to do is going to be one kind of a compromise or another,and#8221; Leyton said.

A complete list of potential parking solutions can be found by visiting and clicking on the April 12 Parking Working Group Meeting link within the town’s event calendar.

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