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    Kalen Jones is one of three Moab City Council members who will serve on a committee tasked with finding solutions to downtown parking congestion. File photo

    The Moab City Council on Monday appointed three of its members to a committee that will revisit potential solutions to downtown parking problems, as well as businessman Wes Shannon, owner of Love Muffin Café and the La Sal House.

    The Grand County Council on Tuesday appointed three members: Jaylyn Hawks, Evan Clapper and Curtis wells.

    The seven-person committee meets for the first time at 2 p.m. today, April 23. An agenda had not been noticed by press time.

    The Moab City Council in late March voted to end a plan to build a four-story parking structure at the current site of public parking in a lot bordering West Center Street and 100 West.

    The Utah Department of Transportation allowed the city to cancel its plans and gave it until August to submit an alternative plan, hence the establishment of the committee.

    The City of Moab had already commissioned nearly $300,000 in work from design firm Kimley-Horn & Associates. It remains unresolved if the city will have to pay for the now-canceled work or if it can be paid through hotspot funding that UDOT granted the region in 2018.

    In all, lawmakers awarded $10 million in funding to Grand Count, part of a $100 million fund that went to Utah communities heavily impacted by tourism. About $8 million of the $10 million was earmarked for the parking structure, funding that now might be used to create dispersed parking opportunities in the downtown area, particularly for businesses that have or will lose on-street parking due to the $20.5 million North Highway 191 widening project now underway.

    The committee will likely look at a number of potential solutions to congestion problems and work with UDOT in determining how best to approach the issue.

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