Columbia Public Works will use smartphones to issue parking citations

Friday, June 21, 2013 | 2:39 p.m. CDT; updated 11:45 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Works Parking Utility will begin using smart phones to issue parking violation citations on July 1. 

Samsung Notes with software supplied by Clancy Systems of Denver, Colo.,will replace the current devices used to issue parking citations, which employ technology more than 15 years old, according to a Public Works press release.

The Parking Utility will lease six Samsung Note smartphones and the Municipal Court will lease three, each device costing $170 per month, according to the release. The Municipal Court will also lease Samsung Notes for the Columbia Police and University of Missouri Police to use, Steven Sapp of the Columbia Public Works said. 

The new system will allow up to three photos to be stored with each citation, showing the ticket attached to the windshield as well as the license plate of the vehicle, its location, and the expired meter or lack of a proper permit.

"It validates that the parking enforcement agent has properly done their job," Sapp said. 

The parking citations will also change. Parking tickets will now sport a green header and footer with slightly larger print, according to the release. The envelope will also be larger and brighter.

Sapp also said the funding for these changes was included in the 2013 budget plan for the fiscal year and will be provided by the departments leasing them. 

A new web portal for those who wish to pay parking violation citations online will be introduced as well. The new site, designed to work with Clancy Systems, is Any citations issued prior to July 1 when the change takes place will still be paid at

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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