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September 1, 2014

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Parking meters, food trucks, Ogden business plans up for Las Vegas council review

The Las Vegas City Council’s meeting Wednesday will be highlighted by several downtown-related items, including changes to parking and new restaurant openings. Here’s what to watch for at the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at City Hall:

Not-so-free parking

Parking downtown could get a bit easier if the council approves a $1.4 million contract to replace 1,200 coin-operated meters with new computerized parking meters that accept debit and credit cards.

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Multibay parking meters accept credit and debit cards, as well as coins.

The 233 new multibay meters, which each cover about six parking spots, would be put in downtown and near University Medical Center by April if the council approves the measure.

Manufactured by New Jersey-based company Parkeon, each meter would cost the city about $5,700. As part of the switchover, 111 coin-operated parking meters will be removed and not replaced, meaning those spaces would be available to park in for free.

Food fight

After passing an ordinance in October forbidding food trucks from setting up within 150 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants, the city will consider a plan to give the mobile food vendors more space to operate.

A bill proposed by Mayor Carolyn Goodman calls for a pilot program allowing food trucks to park along certain public streets when serving customers, as long as food-truck operators feed the meters, too.

The ordinance will be discussed at today’s recommending committee meeting and introduced at Wednesday’s full council meeting. It likely will be scheduled for a public hearing during one of the council’s February meetings.

New restaurant, bar at the Ogden

The council will hear a pair of requests Wednesday to allow a new pizza restaurant and bar to open at the Ogden condominiums downtown.

New York City pizzeria import Slice would cover about 2,300 square feet plus an outdoor dining patio on the ground floor of the condo building.

A separate bar area would cover about 2,900 square feet on the ground floor and would offer live entertainment four nights a week, including musical performances and a lecture series.

Both projects need special-use permits from the city before opening.

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  1. "A bill proposed by Mayor Carolyn Goodman calls for a pilot program allowing food trucks to park along certain public streets when serving customers, as long as food-truck operators feed the meters, too."

    Finally the city council is acting rationally and no longer protecting downtown eateries who, by their own admissions, can compete with the food served off the back of a truck. Perhaps if these B&M diners would provide better food. better service and a better value than a roach coach, they wouldn't have to worry. But that takes effort, and its always easier to ask the government to help you minimize your competition.