Waterloo (3rd Ward) Councilman Pat Morrissey last(Mon) night brought up the idea of removing downtown parking meters, during a discussion about replacing parking ramp equipment.
Waterloo City Council members voted 6-1 to approve a $186,000 contract with Park-Inc. of Des Moines to provide and install a new parking control and payment collection system at the west side parking ramp.
Morrissey cast the lone dissenting vote after suggesting the city should hold off on expenses for the parking system pending a conversation about free, on-street parking.
Chief Financial Officer Michelle Weidner and Mayor Quentin Hart both noted the equipment to collect payments for the parking ramp was a separate conversation from the on-street metered stalls. Weidner pointed out the city already was looking for ways to enhance revenue to balance next year’s budget.
Community Planning and Development Director Noel Anderson said the city is hoping the new parking system will be more efficient and reduce breakdowns that cost the parking fund revenue.
The Park-Inc. contract was actually about $30,000 more expensive than a second proposal. But Anderson said city staff reviewing the proposals preferred the Park-Inc. system, which was also recently installed at the Waterloo Regional Airport. The city is paying for the contract with general obligation bonds.