The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a free spot in Lynn for its deputies, to make up for a lack of parking.
The county’s parking situation is so dire that a deputy who works out of the county jail will be assigned a parking spot for the weekend to be used by his deputies.
The deputies are asked to park their vehicles on the side of the road, in the middle of the highway or in an area near a fire hydrant.
Deputy Kevin Fisk said the department had about 500 cars in the county at the end of August, with another 1,000 parked in Lynn.
He said deputies also park in the park-and-ride lots in the downtown area.
The Sheriff’s Office will need about 4,000 parking spaces for the department’s employees, as well as the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and a small group of volunteer deputies.
Fisk also said the county has some 500 vacant lots for cars to park on.
If you need to find a spot in the Lynn area, Fisk urged you to use the sheriff’s web site, or call 801-827-4602.
He also urged motorists to be careful in areas where they will not be able to park safely, such as on highways, streets and bridges.
If a spot is available in Lynn, the Sheriff can make it available at a nominal fee to the county.
It is up to the deputies to find an acceptable spot.
If the deputies need a place to park, the sheriff will help them find a parking space, but the department will not provide any of the parking spots.
The deputy said he would like to have a parking slot in the same spot where he works.
He noted that there is a lot of parking in Lynn that would not be available if he was assigned a spot.
Fisk said it was also important for the county to maintain the parking facilities that it had, such that it can take the deputies and their vehicles to and from work and that the deputies can go to their homes safely.
The parking spots are for officers and deputies and not residents, and are not open to the public.
Fitch said there are about 1,500 deputy and deputy patrol cars in county service.
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