RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- More than $600,000 was lost last year through Reno’s faulty kiosk parking system and to get parking profits back on track, the city is adding to the losses.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires parking meter buttons to stand 48 inches above the ground. On Wednesday, city crews had to cut seven to eleven inches out of all 560 posts holding Reno’s 860 meters.
The process costs between $18,000 and $20,000, funds City Maintenance and Operations Manager Marnell Heinz said was not part of the city’s parking meter budget. “Not necessarily is this something that we failed to do, it’s something that we would have had to have done anyways."
The old coin meter poles hold up the new credit card machines. The city says this height was not an Americans with Disabilities Act violation before, because the old meter displays sat at a visible ninety-degree angle. The new screens, however, rest at forty-five degrees.
“With the small amount of money we are saving to just cut the meters, the post, it’s really just a cost saving issue, it’s not really being an extra expenditure,” said Heinz.
The city said their goal was to install the meters as soon as possible before making the proper adjustments, even though the alterations were never in the budget. “It was helpful to the business owners so we could have a turnover of vehicles in a short amount of time in front of their businesses,” said Heinz.
The cutting, welding and altering of each meter takes about twenty minutes.