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Meter made: New pay parking on way
For downtown parking meters, it’s off with their heads.
The city’s coin-operated meters are scheduled to get the chop in the coming weeks, when pay kiosks arrive downtown.
Community safety manager Jon Wilson said the new pay stations — which will track parked cars via licence-plate number — should be installed at the end of October and be operational by the week of Nov. 4.
City council took one of the final steps in the switchover process on Tuesday, Oct. 1, taking to third reading a bylaw to hike meter rates and parking fines and allow three hours of parking downtown.
When the new stations go live, the cost of parking will double — to $1 an hour from 50 cents for 60 minutes.
Built into the new rate structure are two more meter hikes.
In 2015, an hour of parking will cost $1.25. In 2018, it will rise to $1.50.
While the meter heads are being removed, the metal poles will remain, as will painted lines marking individual parking spaces.
In an effort to make sure no one forgets to pay for parking under the new system, Wilson said the city will roll out various new decals, street signs and a new website — kampark.ca — along with the pay stations.
The city is also looking at offering Kam Park-branded key-ring fobs and wallet cards for people to write their plate numbers on, lest they forget them on the walk down the block to the pay station.
In addition to accepting coins, the new machines will take credit cards.
And, unlike the meters, they will issue receipts businesses can collect if they want to validate a customer’s parking.
“There is the potential to basically come downtown and park for free,” Wilson said.