City looking to replace parking meters with kiosks

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Downtown parking could be getting a little more high-tech.

The Noblesville Police Dept. is proposing the installation of new parking meter kiosks that would replace coin-only parking meters downtown.

At its Aug. 13 meeting, the Noblesville Common Council introduced an ordinance and held a public hearing regarding a request for an appropriation from the city’s parking meter fund to make the change.

“The appropriation for the replacement of the existing parking meter equipment (is) $84,100, which is approximately slightly above the (agreement) that the police department has with the prospective vendor for the purchase of the equipment,” said Jeff Spalding, the city’s financial controller.

NPD Chief Kevin Jowitt said the kiosks would be placed in areas where metered parking already exists and that the rate of 25 cents per hour will remain. Parking spaces that currently are free will remain free. A change in the parking rate would require an amendment to the existing parking ordinance.

“This is just new technology to replace the old technology,” Jowitt said. “Nine (kiosks) will be placed in what are currently pay lots or locations on that street that have street metering, with one (kiosk) in reserve in case something breaks. The kiosks will accept coins and credit card, and there is an option of using a (smartphone) app.”

The kiosks will use the ParkMobile app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Robert Herrington, communications manager for the city, said there is no definite timeline for installation if the expenditure is approved by the council, but that the goal is to have the new equipment operational by the end of the year.

The council will vote on the appropriation at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at City Hall, 16 S. 10th St.

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