If more county and state workers don't voluntarily begin parking their cars in the new government building parking terrace, officials may have to force them to do so.
"We would prefer a cooperative approach," said Raylene Ireland, administrative assistant to Mayor Joe Jenkins. But if that doesn't work, the city in two weeks may implement measures to keep government workers from parking on First South, Second East and Center Street.State and county employees in the new Utah County Regional Government Center have been assigned designated parking stalls in the terrace. But the terrace has no elevator, and many employees prefer to park on the street.
As a result, area residents aren't happy about cars being parked in front of their homes all day.
County Commission Chairman Malcolm Beck, speaking Tuesday at a Utah County Building Authority Board meeting, said the county can't force government employees to use the terrace because the county has no jurisdiction over parking on Provo City streets. And while Provo City does have such power, officials hope they don't have to resort to implementing street parking regulations.
"We just want to know who is going to take care of it," said Lee Smoot, who lives near the new government center.
One proposed solution is to open the top four levels of the six-level terrace on a first-come, first-served basis, reserving the first and second levels for the public and top administrators, respectively. Commissioner Brent Morris said the proposal would create more problems than solutions.
Another proposal is to make parking illegal from 6-9 a.m. on the streets adjacent to the government center. After 9 a.m., parking would be limited to one or two hours.
Morris predicted terrace use will pick up during the winter months. "Hopefully, we can correct it (the parking problem) before then."
Ireland said city officials had hoped the terrace would solve parking problems, not create them. She said tax revenue spent on the terrace is being wasted as long as the facility isn't fully used, and that government employees parking on the street are being inconsiderate of the public they serve.
Officials also are still faced with another parking problem: where to establish a secured parking area needed to protect the public from exposure to prisoners and parolees transported to and from the new state building, and to allow officials quick access to their vehicles.
"I can't emphasize enough the liability the state and county take on" without a secured area,said Jack Quintana, assistant director of the state Department of Administrative services.