The City’s new parking kiosks should be on the streets of downtown by the end of October and the new pay rates kick in Nov. 4.
The new rates move to $1 an hour, double what the current charge is, with the maximum of two hours now allowed to be extended for an additional, third hour, for $2.
The cost to park downtown will go up again on Jan. 1, 2015, to $1.25 for the first two hours and $2.50 for the third hour. Another 25 cents per hour will be added on Jan. 1, 2018, or 50 cents more for a third hour.
City community safety and enforcement manager Jon Wilson said the old meter heads are being removed, but the poles will remain. They will be topped with a metal ball, painted, and used to post information to direct anyone parking to the nearest kiosk.
Some of the old meter poles are being fitted with metal bike-lock circles on them.
The minimum parking fine also doubles, from the current $5 to $10 — if paid within 24 hours. After that, fines are $40 or $50, depending on the infraction.
The rules don’t change for veterans and handicapped people. They get to park for free but they have to move their vehicle within the time limit for the space.
The new parking system involves the driver feeding his or her licence plate into the machine. The City’s automated licence place reading car will be able to note which vehicles have no more time left.
Payment can be made via smart phone, credit card or cash.
Wilson said the kiosks will be able to print receipts, so business owners can reimburse their customers for their parking and then write it off as a business expense.