New parking meters to accept dollar coins

Friday, September 3, 2010 | 6:54 p.m. CDT; updated 1:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, November 1, 2010

COLUMBIA — The city will replace roughly 800 parking meters during the next fiscal year.

The new models will accept *new gold dollar coins, said Jill Stedem, spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. Payment will still be received at each individual meter, so there will be no need for separate pay boxes.

The total cost for the new meters will be around $112,000, according to City Manager Bill Watkins' proposed budget.

"The meters that we had purchased previously, we can't get anymore, and we can't get the parts for them anymore," Stedem said. 

The last time Columbia replaced parking meters was in 1999 and 2000.

The city manages 1,836 parking meters, and Stedem said the new ones won't all be installed in the same area because they're part of general meter maintenance.

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Gregory Brown September 3, 2010 | 7:48 p.m.

I'd like to see the meters accept $1 coins also. There are plenty around and they are not used nearly enough. Paper money that's torn or wrinkled is frequently rejected by vending machines. Coins don't have that problem.

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2010 | 12:42 a.m.

How much does the city plan to start charging for hourly parking if these meters are set up for paper money?
I guess the sky's the limit in a town which is becoming more and more car unfriendly.

Don't follow leaders
watch the parking meters
You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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Carlos Sanchez September 4, 2010 | 5:41 a.m.

Bikes,Scooters and Motorcycles are sweet transportation and you can park your Bike or Scooter on the edge of the sidewalk and a Motorcycle you can park in any parking area that has those non parking areas with the lines through them.

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Jason Entermyer September 4, 2010 | 7:15 a.m.

Ray Shapiro: Columbia car unfriendly? C'mon. Maybe if you remember what you wrote when they proposed the new parking garage/office space project (below). Can't complain about overbuilding more parking one day then whine about it the next. Just admit it....City/County government doesn't do anything you like Ray.

Ray Shapiro April 21, 2009 | 12:25 a.m.
("Wade said he believes the project is more than a parking garage; it is part of the transformation downtown needs in order to have a strong, vital economy.")
Wanna bet? Parkade Plaza went down the tubes. Overbuild downtown and so will "The District."

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Erin Jorgensen September 4, 2010 | 4:38 p.m.

Will the meters that accept dollar bills be able to give change?

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2010 | 9:17 p.m.

@Jason Entermyer:
Will they charge for parking in that new enclosed parking lot?
Will traffic run smoothly in that area?
Will businesses flock to rent space for eager shoppers?
Will that area be declared a bicycle free zone?
After it's built, will they still have that funky back-in angle parking downtown which narrows the road for cars trying to get through?
You're right. There's not too many things I like.
Broccoli's good.
I think I like Broccoli.

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Ellis Smith September 5, 2010 | 6:14 a.m.

@ Ray Shapiro

Try brussels sprouts, Ray, you'll love them. Smother them in melted cheese and they'll go down easier.

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