RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--Over the next several weeks, the City of Reno will be reinstalling coin parking meters throughout the downtown area.
If you drive around downtown, you'll notice the old smart meters are covered in "out of service" signs." In all, the city plans on reinstalling over 600 meters.
"We need to make sure we have those in, so we have good turnover of vehicles. If we didn't have those in and people just parked and stayed there, all day, we wouldn't have parking available for people as they come in and out of businesses," says John Flansberg, the City of Reno Director of Public Works.
He says those old parking meters will be installed in places that are most congested first. If you park downtown, and don't notice a meter, it is free, but keep in mind there are time limits. Those time limits range from 2-5 hours.
The coin meters cost $1 an hour, or 25 cents for 15 minutes.
Flansberg says the installation process cost the city about $35,000. He says they aren't reinstalling the meters to make money, it's to help businesses. Flansberg says if parking was free, people would park their cars in front of businesses all day, not giving customer the opportunity to park near the business. He says he's been asked several times why the city just doesn't keep the free parking.
"It's not a matter for the City to make money, it's really to help those businesses in those areas, so they can prevent people from parking all day long and taking up a parking spot all day," says Flansberg.
Flansberg says there are several different proposals out there regarding what type of meters will be used in the future. He says he hopes a deal can be made with a company providing individual meters where you'll be able to pay with credit or change.