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Parking at USU to see changes this summer

Executive Council

assistant news editor

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 00:02

The Parking and Transportation Committee passed a resolution that will change the operating hours in the Big Blue Terrace and open more parking stalls across campus beginning in July.

Daryn Frischknecht, Student Advocate vice president, and Emily Esplin, Executive vice president, are voting members of the committee and announced the changes at the USU Student Association Executive Council meeting Tuesday.

The Big Blue Terrace will become a 24-hour parking lot Monday through Friday. Currently, the gates open during the week at 10 p.m. When the change takes effect in July, the parking arm will stay down from 7:30 a.m. Monday to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The cost of parking in the terrace is $1.50 per hour with a maximum of $7.50 per day.

Changes were also made to the blue premium lot directly east of the Big Blue Terrace.

Currently, the lot allows students with a blue parking pass to park free of charge for two hours and pay $1.50 for each additional hour from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

The resolution changes the closing time to 11 p.m but allows students to park free of charge from 5-11 p.m. A blue parking pass is $99 for a full year, $57 for a semester and $43 during the summer.

The resolution also opens 66 stalls in the red parking lot after 5 p.m. The lot is located west of the Merrill-Cazier Library.

As an incentive for students to use the George Nelson Fieldhouse and Health and Physical Education Recreation buildings, Parking and Transportation will provide parking validating for students who use those buildings from 6-8 a.m.

The council also passed legislation amending the election bylaws to allow write-in candidates to have their name on the final ballot if they receive the first or second position in primary elections and 10 percent of the final vote count.

The bill passed almost unanimously. Brittney Garbrick, Graduate Studies senator, did not vote.

“In smaller colleges such as science, natural resources and art, often times there’s a very small number of people voting,” said Sam Wright, Caine College of the Arts senator. “10 percent could be 10 people.”

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