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St. John’s to shorten parking meters after complaints about height

Between 70 and 75 per cent of the city’s new parking meters are too high and need to be shortened, says a city councillor.

Between 70 and 75 per cent of the city’s new parking meters are too high and need to be shortened, says a city councillor.

At St. John’s regular council meeting Monday night, Coun. Bernard Davis, chairman of the city’s community services and housing committee, said city council has heard many complaints since the installation of the meters began earlier this month.

“Any time you do a wholesale change of your parking meters like that, there’s going to be problems,” said Davis.

New tops have been installed on nearly 1,200 meters in town to replace meters that couldn’t accept newer toonies and loonies or credit cards. But in addition to being taller, the new meters feature a digital readout that faces upwards instead of to the  front.

“The meters themselves are probably four or five inches higher than even we anticipated,” Davis said. “One of the things that I’ve asked the staff to do is go right back and start to try to have a standardized height of 34 inches, which is what the standard is for this.”

City staff will take off the meter head and trim the steel piping underneath, said Davis.

“It’s a bit more labour-intensive,” said Davis. “We don’t have our own welders in that parking services shop, so we have to get them from public works.”

Davis said he doesn’t yet know what the cost of the modifications would be, or how long they will take. “We’re doing it as quick as we can,” he said.

Davis said the city also plans to lower meters for disability parking even more.

“In the past, they’ve been on the same stand as the meter next door, which is a bit too high for everyone,” he said.

 

 

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  • Edmund
    January 21, 2014 - 10:50

    This shows how stupid some high paid city managers are not to have known this and another waste of our tax dollars. It is also so stupid it is hardly worth commenting on as I am sure most people are shaking their heads and asking how this could have happened. It is another indication of the level of compentancy of those running the city. No excuses please, it is bad enough!!

  • Scott Strong
    January 21, 2014 - 10:48

    It's impossible for a person in a wheelchair to use the new meter design, even if they could reach one through the snowbank. They would have to be lowered to approximately 24 inches. If the design is modified for designated parking spaces, it will limit parking choices for those in wheelchairs solely to those spaces. The lack of foresight in this decision is mind-boggling.

  • When
    January 21, 2014 - 09:34

    When they were installed, didn't the guys look at it and think "They look kind of high to me. Maybe we should call the boss".

  • Marshall Art
    January 21, 2014 - 09:12

    Parking meters that wouldn't accept newer loonies, toonies and credit cards and now, new meters that are too high ?. Duh ?? It didn't occur to the people in charge of installing these meters that we don't have arms like orangutans and legs like giraffes ?. What's next, we'll have to get down on our knees to feed the meters ? Where's Forrest Gump when ya need 'em ?

  • Al
    January 21, 2014 - 08:01

    There has to be a review of this as I cannot believe you have a procurement of such magnitude and no one considered height of these machines until after all have been installed??? Very poor planning and implementation.

  • Jim
    January 21, 2014 - 07:21

    Even my 5 year old grandkid knows that when you want to set the height of a meter you'd better shovel the one foot of ice and snow away that you are standing on first

  • gb
    January 21, 2014 - 07:13

    How can we expect them to manage our city when they can't get something as basic as the installed meter height right? Its pretty basic stuff..it really is dispite their excuses.