Hayden, county hire airport parking officer | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden, county hire airport parking officer

Gary E. Salazar

— Hayden’s code enforcement officer will get a hefty pay raise from Routt County to enforce parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport for the upcoming ski season.

This winter Ed Corriveau will be paid $21.60 per hour to monitor the parking lots at the airport.

Corriveau will work five-hour shifts five days a week at the airport.

Last winter, Corriveau was paid $12 an hour for working four-hour shifts for four days a week.

Because of the success Corriveau had in keeping traffic flowing through the airport’s road to the terminal, the county is willing to increase his pay, said Jim Parker, airport aviation director.

The reason the county has agreed to increase Corriveau’s wage is to bring it in line with what other security personnel are paid at the airport, Parker said.

Because of the county’s willingness to increase Corriveau’s wage, the town is in favor of continuing an intergovernmental agreement it signed earlier this year with the county.

This past January, the town and Routt County entered a mutual agreement where the town would lend the airport Corriveau on a part-time basis in an attempt to solve the parking woes that were plaguing the facility.

In the early part of the ski season last year, especially during Christmas, motorists at the airport parked in restricted parking zones in front of the terminal.

The illegally parked vehicles caused traffic jams and blocked taxi services from getting their vehicles in and out of the airport.

Corriveau, who is a certified peace officer, was used to direct traffic, arrange the towing of illegally parked vehicles and for general enforcement of Colorado law at the airport.

“Once Ed started working for us, things improved,” Parker said. “Ed kept people from parking illegally and was able to stop people from getting into arguments.”

An issue that has not been decided is if the county will share costs for the town-owned vehicle Corriveau uses when he is at the airport. The town is interested in sharing the cost of the vehicle, which is $5 an hour, with the county. From the airport’s standpoint, Parker said the position does not require Corriveau to have a vehicle.

“Other officers drive their personal vehicles to the airport,” Parker said.

Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said his officer needs a patrol car at the airport.

“Having the patrol car out there is a deterrence to speeders and is a place for him to warm up,” he said.

Days Corriveau will work at the airport this winter have not been set. Parker said Corriveau will work the five busiest days of the week.

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