The city’s 1,029 parking meters are in the process of being upgraded to high-tech XLE card-style meters.
“We have a digital meter now. We have some older ones. The older ones that we’re replacing, the old dial ones that you’d turn, they are more expensive to upgrade because we have to change the whole chassis (frames) on them,” said public works manager Duane Grado.
“The cheaper ones to replace are done up to this point. So now the ones that are going to cost quite a bit more, the budget that we have presents that.”
He said the estimated cost for upgrades is $900 per meter. Grado said 433 parking meters have been upgraded to the digital XLE card-style meter with auditing capabilities between 2007 and 2012.
A total of 596 parking meters still require replacement with the smart card system anticipated to be up and running by April. The required funding from the capital budget will be $40,000 each year from 2013 to 2017 for a total of $200,000.
For more information, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Herald.