Truckee paid parking: Town considering creating ad hoc committee to address issue |

Truckee paid parking: Town considering creating ad hoc committee to address issue

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Town council will consider creating a new committee this week to tackle the growing issue of downtown parking.

At a meeting in May, the council questioned subsidizing the downtown parking district with redevelopment agency funds to the tune of $120,000 a year, as parking meters arenand#8217;t covering expenses.

Town staff has brought back a proposal on Thursday to create an ad hoc group to review options for parking, that could include a former parking commission member, a representative from the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association and the Chamber of Commerce, two town council members and potentially a member of the public.

and#8220;The direction through the budget is to eliminate general fund subsidy for the parking district, and from the redevelopment agency to make sure the parking lot lease doesnand#8217;t go on forever,and#8221; said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

The aim of the group, according to the town, would be to come up with ways to reduce or eliminate the need for redevelopment agency funding from the parking lot leases in the near term.

Options range from increasing parking rates or hours of operation to a fee for downtown properties, or even the elimination of all or some of the parking lot leases.

and#8220;Roughly half of the parking in downtown is in leased parking lots, so unless the businesses or the taxpayers pay, thatand#8217;s half the parking that would go away,and#8221; Lashbrook said.

If town council approves the formation of the committee, the goal would be to have the group come back to the town council with recommendations by winter or spring of next year.

Thursdayand#8217;s meeting starts at 6 p.m. at 10183 Truckee Airport Road, and it will include a presentation from Caltrans on Interstate 80 reconstruction work.

Council also will consider a feasibility study for the old county corporation yard on West River Street; a plan for pavement rehabilitation along Donner Pass Road; and an agreement with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District on the maintenance of trails and trail-side amenities.