More than 500 parking meter poles to be lowered in Downtown Reno

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 3/12 12:03 pm
RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--More than 500 parking meter poles will be lowered in downtown Reno in the coming weeks so they are compliant with the ADA.

The new meters were recently installed around downtown. Several complaints were made after people below five-feet tall said they couldn't read the screen.  The City of Reno has responded to those complaints.

Marnell Heinz, the Maintenance and Operations Manager for City of Reno Public Works, says they were planning on lowering the parking meter poles all along. Heinz says the priority was to get the parking meters up and running to help businesses with turn over rates, and then make adjustments. He also says the city reused these poles in order to save money.

According to Heinz, the city didn't expect to have these problems because the old meters were at a 90 degree angle. The new meters are at a 45 degree angle.

However, most of the 860 meters downtown were not in compliance with the ADA. In fact, some of the meters were up to 11 inches higher than the maximum 48 inches.

Crews will spend the next few weeks going around town and lowering the poles. Some poles have two meters on them, so in all about 560 meter poles will have to be lowered. Heinz says the total cost will be between $18,000 and $20,000.
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anthony - 3/12/2014 9:46 PM
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@ Kramer...I am in a wheelchair and I think it is a waste of money....

Kramer - 3/12/2014 5:20 PM
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"the city re-used these poles to save money". What-they were going to yank 'em all out? U could chop-saw all of 'em in "short" order (or is it "lower"?). && if businesses needed 'turnover' (One Word, Nv4), Parking Carts/bikes could've just enforcedthe limits already on the signs/curbs/books. Guess this means we'll have to 'rotate' some more Code Inspectors, eh?

Kramer - 3/12/2014 4:27 PM
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The explanation that Reno was 'going to do it anyway' seems disingenuous (typical Reno cover-yer-act). Y not plan ahead, tape-measure, assign extra effort? If the poles were to be "lowered", it would mean they would be placed deeper below-surface. Nope,it is the meters that are being lowered- by 'shortening' the poles (the weird 'angle' excuse makes me up-chuckle. These ADA reqts. aren't about "short people" (a tune by Randy Newman), but R about wheelchair height. How silly is the garbled reporting so as 2 not offend short people??

Kramer - 3/12/2014 4:21 PM
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anthony, U would sing a different tune if U were in a wheelchair -only fair to point that out. Laws like ADA (and others) were passed because of our society's ignorance and flaunting attitude. Many go too far, or need some flexibility. This isn't about inconveniencing "abled" people, and inferring that just indicates insensitivity (or prejudice?)

anthony - 3/12/2014 12:12 PM
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So does this mean that ALL the parking spots will now be only for handicapped parking? Why lower parking meters for non-ADA equipped parking spots? I am all for making sure there are sufficient ASA accommodated spots, but to make them all compliant? What's next, all the toilets? At what point does it become a point of diminishing return? Let's be realistic.
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