Town to discuss updating parking structure rules today

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Today, the Town of Jackson Council will discuss updating the parking rules for the public parking structure located at West Simpson Avenue and South Milward Street. This issue, which has been discussed at two town council meetings, stemmed from Public Works and the Police Department employees noticing some parking issues at the Public Parking Structure, including switching out a personal vehicle with a commercial vehicle, driving around the block and then repark the same personal vehicle in the same spot for another 48 hours; vehicles that park outside the designated parking space or park across two spaces thereby using up two parking spots with one vehicle; and a large number of commercial vehicles using the parking structure to park their vehicles. Here are the proposed changes up for discussion today (changes to the ordinance are in bold): A. No person shall park a vehicle in the public parking structure located at the corner of West Simpson Avenue and South Milward Street for more than forty-eight (48) *consecutive* hours, unless parked in spaces designated otherwise by appropriate signage, pavement markings or curb markings erected or placed by the Town. *Upon having parked up to forty-eight (48) consecutive hours, a vehicle must be vacated from the parking garage for a period of no less than twenty-four (3) hours before the vehicle may be permitted to park within the parking garage again.* (Ord. § 1, 2016; Ord. 1079 § 1, 2015; Ord. 1052 § 1, 2014.) B. *No person shall park outside the marked lines of a designated parking space so as to obstruct the ability of another vehicle to park in the adjacent parking space.* (Ord. § 1, 2016.) C. *No commercial vehicle, freight carrying vehicle or trailer shall be parked in the public parking structure. For the purposes of this subsection, a “commercial vehicle” means any vehicle or vehicle combination used in commerce to transport passengers or property, or cargo. *(Ord. § 1, 2016.) The goal of these rule changes is to encourage turnover in the parking garage. If these changes are approved by Town Council today, then officials will direct the Town Attorney to make the changes to the current Municipal Code and present it at the next meeting for first reading. This will be discussed at the Town Council workshop at 3 p.m. today in the Council Chambers. More information about this issue is available here. *Feature Photo: Jackson Parking Garage / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news