The Student Center’s paid parking lot at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus has undergone a few changes.
The Student Center parking lot at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus is a paid parking lot. The cost has changed from $1 to $2 for the first hour of parking. There’s an additional $1 per hour charge beyond the first hour, with a maximum cost of $10.
“If I used the parking lot more often I would have a problem with the cost,” student Andrew Mortensen said.
Students used to be able to get a parking validation with a purchase at the college bookstore. That policy was changed at the beginning of fall semester. The bookstore no longer issues validations.
One way the additional revenue is used is for renovations. At this time, a second lane to exit the parking lot is being developed. This second lane will be for credit card users. The driver will put the parking ticket into the machine then put in their credit card. The card will be charged for the time in the parking lot. When the machine returns the credit card it will also offer a receipt.
“The lane will work similar to the ones at the airport,” Auxiliary Service Control Manager Kevin Doney said.
Another way the funds collected are used is to pay the parking lot attendants at the payment booth. The college tries to make it so that the payroll is self-sufficient. If there are any residual funds, they are rolled into the Student Center’s budget.
The other noticeable change to the paid parking lot is a change in the handicapped parking spaces. Some of the spaces along the east side have been changed into an area for college vehicles to park to help provide a loading zone for large delivery trucks. There are now six handicapped parking spaces along the west side to make up for the spaces taken away from the east side.
The paid parking lot is controlled under Student Center Management. Student and faculty parking is controlled by the Parking Enforcement Office. They do not issue citations the first week of any regular semester. Parking fines double after seven days from $10 to $20.
A student can appeal a parking citation. The first step is to pay the ticket and file for appeal. A parking enforcement staff member decides whether or not to grant an appeal. If they say “no” the student can appeal the ticket to a panel that includes one Utah Highway Patrol officer, one faculty member and one staff member. Neither the faculty or staff member is affiliated with Parking Enforcement.
Parking Enforcement will issue courtesy day or week permits if the student can prove they purchased a parking permit, but are driving a different vehicle.