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Santa Rosa moves ahead with parking meter swap

By KEVIN McCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Six square blocks of downtown Santa Rosa will receive 219 new parking meters soon after the City Council approved their purchase Tuesday.

The council unanimously approved $258,000 for the new meters and their installation despite the $55,000 drop in annual meter revenue that is expected from them.

Chuck Jones, maintenance worker with the city of Santa Rosa left, and Panya Lim, product support engineer with IPS Group, Inc., install a new type of parking meter to be tested along Fourth Street in Santa Rosa on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Chuck Jones, maintenance worker with the city of Santa Rosa left, and Panya Lim, product support engineer with IPS Group, Inc., install a new type of parking meter to be tested along Fourth Street in Santa Rosa on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Downtown merchants pressed the council to abandon the parking kiosks downtown and move to new credit-card-enabled single-space meters touted as more user friendly.

“I think that even though this is expensive, it’s sorely needed,” said Coucilman Jake Ours.

Ours said it was clear that the kiosks were unpopular and he applauded the merchants for pressing the city to go in another direction.

“It’s kind of painful when you have to admit that, yeah, you kind of made a mistake,” Ours said.

Many considered the kiosks inconvenient because they required a slip of paper be placed on their dashboards.

The new meters, which are already installed on Fourth Street, are more convenient but appear to generate less revenue because they don’t “zero out” when someone leaves a space, meaning some downtown visitors will get freebies.





5 Responses to “Santa Rosa moves ahead with parking meter swap”

  1. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Okay, I’m really confused. I go on vacation for 1 Thanksgiving week. When I come back I walk through the parking lot on 7th and Mendo AND they have removed the parking meters and installed a WHAT? Another KIOSK.

    Is this a waste of money? I thought the idea was to go back to parking meters? So why not wait and install the new chosen meters? Why install another KIOSK that they will probably take out?

    As a citizen of Santa Rosa just wondering who in the hell is making the decisions around here?

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  2. The Hammer says:

    Damn, how easy it is to spend the other guys’ dollars/

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  3. Grapevines says:

    I’d rather shop online where you can not only find better deals, and in some cases not pay shipping fees or taxes; than feed a parking meter.

    Or go to a shopping center where they have free parking, (Montgomery Village, Coddingtown, Costco, REI, etc).

    Let the darling meters freeze up from lack of use as far as I’m concerned.

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  4. PapaESoCo says:

    A lot of money has been wasted on Parking meters in S. Rosa (by the way, most of us hate these “revenue gatherers” anyway); what a shame the “Kiosks” were not “reality tested” before the huge expense of installing and now removing them. Ah well, hindsight is 20-20.

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  5. James Bennett says:

    Cha-king.

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