Airport parking policies reviewed

Enforcement hours to be extended

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— A Hayden officer may have his hours expanded this upcoming ski season to enforce parking, which may include issuing tickets, at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

This past January, the town and Routt County entered an agreement where Ed Corriveau worked part time at the airport in an attempt to solve parking woes there.

During a joint meeting last Thursday in Hayden between Routt County commissioners and the Town Board of Trustees, both sides said they would like to continue working with each other.

"It worked out well for the airport," said Jim Parker, aviation director of the county-operated airport. "Our tenants loved it."

Parker said he is interested in finding out if the town is willing to extend Corriveau's hours for airport patrol this winter.

"We would like to have someone working on the weekends," Parker said. "If that is possible, we could budget accordingly."

Last ski season, Corriveau worked 16 hours a week at the airport. He worked from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Between January and mid-April, Corriveau was paid $12 an hour by the county to work at the airport. He spent his another 20 hours during the week as the town's animal control officer.

Corriveau, a certified peace officer, was used to direct traffic, arrange the towing of illegally parked vehicles and enforcing other Colorado laws at the airport.

Prior to Corriveau's presence, people ignored parking signs and parked as close to the terminal as possible, causing traffic flow problems.

Town officials said extending Corriveau's hours is a possibility.

"He is interested in working more at the airport," said Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan. "It worked out well last season. With Ed there, the airport did not have the problems they were experiencing."

Parker would also like for the town to consider approving an ordinance that would allow Corriveau to issue parking tickets. Because the airport is on private property, Hayden police officers must have permission to write tickets there.

The road to the airport is also not a public road.

For parking tickets to be issued at the airport, the town would have to be willing to approve an ordinance.

County and town officials plan on discussing the additional hours and the ordinance issue later this year.

In other business

Also discussed at the were future plans for the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and code enforcement and mosquito control in West Routt.

County officials also gave trustees an update on projects that include a master plan for the entire county and a new judicial facility project being proposed for Steamboat Springs.

County officials got an update of town projects that include the town's new public work's facility, improvements to the water-treatment plant, the Dry Creek trail system and the Sagewood Subdivision.

The meeting also gave County Manager Thomas Sullivan, who was hired in March, to formally meet with Hayden officials.

County and town officials schedule at least two joint meetings a year.

The meeting Thursday evening marked the first time the two boards met this year.

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