Parking meter alterations break budget

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Updated: 3/12/2014 9:12 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & 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.
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Justdoit - 3/13/2014 4:44 PM
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Kramer, look up the definition of post and pole. They are the both the same.

Kramer - 3/13/2014 2:36 PM
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I'd stick to calling them "posts" (instead of also 'poles'). & doubt if lifting them off is a big part of the cost, except that it requires a specialist or team. Un"fortunately", Reno hasn't located any of the pilferers in the East Bay, CA, who sawed or chained off hundreds of meters. ratchet

Justdoit - 3/13/2014 11:19 AM
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Nevadadad, agreed it is not one council person that makes decisions. I will call BS that it was so important to get the meters installed prior to shortening the poles to meet ADA requirements. How long was it that there were no meters at all because of the kiosk fiasco? Would it not be just as quick and less expensive to cut the pole off to proper height before installing the meter on the pole than to install them all and then go back and retrofit the poles? Sure it would, but then you look at what the corrupt clowns on thisand previous councils have done with taxpayers money and it all makes sense!

Nevadadad - 3/12/2014 11:46 PM
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Stoner, "The Reno City Council is made up of seven people elected to make policy decisions for Reno City government." So blaming one of those seven people is about as intelligent as wiping your butt before you poop.

Stone - 3/12/2014 9:30 PM
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Like most Reno problems, Dortch lead the City down this path and we all have to pay for it. Dortch's tenure is finally over and the City of Reno can move on to greener pastures.

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