Deadwood approves new rates for Broadway Parking Garage

February 1, 2019

DEADWOOD — In order to drum up more business and alleviate abuse of a former fee, the Deadwood City Commission approved new rates for the Broadway Parking Ramp Tuesday. They added the items to other fee changes in the city’s rate schedule that went into effect Jan. 1.

“Parking and transportation met on this,” said Police Chief Kelly Fuller. “Currently, our fee structure is $3 (first hour), $5 (up to 1 hour 59 minutes), and $10 (anything after 1 hour and 59 minutes). What we’re proposing is to do, in the winter months, from Oct. 15 to May 15, do a flat rate of $5 for all day. Our hope is that more visitors would use the ramp and that those visitors will stay longer and spend more time in Deadwood. That’s what we’re recommending, and we want to do this for a few months, look at the data, see what it says, then we might be coming forward with another proposal for the summer months.”

The all-day parking ramp fee from May 16 through Oct. 14 will be $10.

Commissioner Sharon Martinisko commended staff for compiling the data.

“I know that the downtown businesses liked this idea,” Martinisko said. “It’s a nice compromise for some other ideas that have come forth, and I think this is going to be a nice start. We know that competition right next door to the parking ramp charges $5 and we are hoping that they’ll park in covered parking instead.”

Mayor David Ruth, Jr. said he noticed that the lost ticket fee would be going from $10 to $25.

“There was a significant abuse going on there,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Nelson, Jr.

“It was the same fee as somebody would pay for one day of parking, and they could go up to four days or whatever,” Martinisko said.

Fuller said the number of lost tickets was more than 600.

Finance officer Jessicca McKeown pointed out that in order to clean up the previous resolution that set fees for 2019, a separate resolution was done to include the parking ramp fee changes, as well as paratransit fees that were established in mid-2018.

Audience member Bobby Rock asked if the fee was for single entrance only or $5 to come and go all day.

Martinisko said single entrance only.

Other changes to the fee schedule include a $5 convention pass for the trolley and the following paratransit rates for Deadwood residents, with payment to be made by exact change or check, a trip being defined as one-way: For passengers 60 and older: Deadwood to Deadwood and Deadwood to Lead, free; Deadwood to Spearfish and Deadwood to Sturgis/Ft. Meade, $10 per trip; Deadwood to Rapid City, $15 per trip. Passengers Under 60: Deadwood to Deadwood and Deadwood to Lead, $2.50 per trip; Deadwood to Spearfish and Deadwood to Sturgis/Ft. Meade, $10 per trip; Deadwood to Rapid City, $15 per trip.

Residential water rates have also changed to the following amounts for 2019: 0-4,999 gallons, $1.91 per 1,000 gallons; 5,000-9,999 gallons, $2.32 per 1,000 gallons; 10,000-19,999 gallons $2.89 per 1,000 gallons; 20,000-49,999 gallons, $3.48 per 1,000 gallons; and 50,000 gallons and over, $4.63 per 1,000 gallons.

Commercial accounts monthly minimum charge for all accounts, whether on or off, based upon meter size, per meter: one-inch or less, $44.56; 1.5-inch, $59.67; two-inch, $89.51; three-inch, $134.25; four-inch, $179; and six-inch, $268.51.

Commercial usage rates: 0-9,999, $3.48 per 1,000 gallons; 10,000-49,999 gallons, $4.05 per 1,000 gallons; and 50,000 gallons and over, $4.63 per 1,000 gallons.

Waste water rates have increased to the following monthly amounts: residential, $4.20; commercial one inch or less meter, $10.50; and commercial meter greater than one inch, $21.

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