parking meters

Don Rush

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark council members have voted to expand the city's smart parking program after a smaller pilot program.

WDEL Radio reports the council voted 5-1 Monday to approve a $326,212 contract to purchase 425 new parking meters that accept credit and debit cards.

Officials say 401 of the city's existing 457 parking meters will be replaced with new devices. The remaining 24 meters will be set aside as spares. The first new meters could begin operating as soon as September.

Don Rush

The Lewes City Council voted unanimously to no longer provide free handicap spots at parking meters.

Beginning in May handicap drivers will have to pay the same as regular drivers.

Before last night’s vote Lewes was the only city in Delaware that provided the free parking spots.

But Lewes resident Tammi Morris who is handicapped told WBOC that she believes it was unfair to make handicap drivers pay.

She said that for many people who are in wheel chairs this will impose an additional burden on them.

Don Rush

The Ocean City Taxpayers for Social Justice says it has collected 16-hundred signatures to repeal an ordinance the authorized paid parking meters in areas that were once free.

And that could freeze the implementation of the ordinance with the Town law calling for a minimum of around 12-hundred signature or 40 percent of the ballots cast in the last city election.

If successful the petition drive would then force a vote on the measure either in a special election or in the November mid-term elections of 2014.

Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It will soon be more convenient - and more expensive - to parking in the Historic District in Annapolis.

City crews on Tuesday started replacing coin-operated parking meters with credit card-swiping machines. The new Smartmeters will accept both plastic and coins.

The Capital of Annapolis reports  that the old meters cost $1 an hour. The rate for the new digital meters will be $2 an hour. The maximum time allowed will remain at two hours.

Don Rush

There is a petition drive underway by residents and property owners in Ocean City to rollback a new set of parking meters that have been installed on the resort’s streets.

Local resident Mac Balkcom told the Salisbury Daily Times that he had easily collected 41 signatures this weekend noting that no one said no.