Town of Morrison briefs

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/21

People parking in downtown Morrison will wait one more week to know what the new fees will be. The Morrison Board of Trustees is leaning toward the first 30 minutes of parking free, with the next 30 …

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Town of Morrison briefs

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People parking in downtown Morrison will wait one more week to know what the new fees will be.

The Morrison Board of Trustees is leaning toward the first 30 minutes of parking free, with the next 30 minutes $1. The second hour would be $1.50, third hour $2, fourth hour $3 and subsequent hours $5. A violation would be $30 and would double in 10 days for nonpayment.

Interstate Parking of Colorado is creating a trial parking management system for downtown parking spots during the summer months.

The town board decided to wait for its next meeting on June 15 to finalize the fee structure to give town officials time to work out some details. The board meets at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Board member Jen Singer questioned at the June 1 board meeting whether parking could be free overnight, for example, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Town Attorney Gerald Dahl said he would contact Interstate Parking about additional changes to the fee structure such as Singer’s suggestion.

Interstate, which also operates similar systems in Idaho Springs, Breckenridge, Keystone and more, uses a system that involves solar-powered payment machine kiosks, which will be placed throughout the downtown area, and a smartphone app. 

Interstate is proposing that Morrison would pay no up-front costs and would get 40% of the net revenue. Interstate would provide on-street “ambassadors” to help visitors with the kiosks and direct people to businesses. In addition, it would provide at no charge pedicab service to transport visitors from further away parking spots and lots.

Board member Katie Gill said she was happy that the town board had not discussed the parking fees as a money maker. Rather, the parking-fee program is to help downtown businesses by having more cars able to park in downtown, she noted.

Board members said they didn’t expect to raise much money from parking fees.

Town board wants a trail on Highway 8

There is a need for a trail or a sidewalk to allow pedestrians to walk from the Morrison Natural History Museum toward downtown, and the Morrison Town Board hopes Jefferson County Open Space can help.

There are many questions to be ironed out such as whether the trail or sidewalk would be on the east or west side of Highway 8 and who will pay for it. Town officials are meeting with Jeffco Open Space officials to determine what the county can do to help bring the walkway to fruition, and hope to have answers by the June 15 board meeting.

“We are going to ask JCOS to look at the project and see what we can do,” Mayor Sean Forey said at the June 1 town board meeting. “What I have said to some other people is we will get something done, whether it’s on Morrison’s dime. … If that’s what we have to do, that’s what we will do.”

Area residents over the last several months have asked for a trail so their children can walk safely to Red Rocks Elementary School and so they can access Mount Falcon Open Space Park and downtown Morrison. They are concerned about safety for those trying to cross Highway 8.

Town officials have walked the area to get an idea of what needs to be done.

Officials said the need for a trail is not new, and the town discussed it with Jefferson County in 2016 and 2018.

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