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.