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August 20, 2014

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Council wants more study before signing off on new parking meters for downtown

The Las Vegas City Council heard a proposal at its Wednesday meeting for a $1.4 million plan to replace select single-vehicle parking meters in the city with multibay meters that serve several cars at once and accept debit or credit cards.

The issue: The council voted Tuesday whether to award the $1.4 million parking contract to New Jersey-based company Parkeon.

The vote: The council voted 4-3 to delay the item until its Feb. 20 meeting. Councilmen Stavros Anthony, Steve Ross and Bob Beers voted against the delay.

What it means: The city government and Parkeon will have another month to address concerns raised by council members at Wednesday’s meeting.

The council generally voiced its support for the proposal, which calls for the replacement of 1,200 coin-operated meters near University Medical Center and around downtown with 233 computerized multibay meters.

Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian expressed several concerns about the new meters.

“We need more input from people who use the meters,” she said. “There’s great concern out there about the confusion (for drivers). I would only ask that we take a month and find out what the public thinks about these.”

Coffin’s concerns dealt with how the parking meter technology would be upgraded over time. Other questions raised by council members included time limits associated with the meters and whether the computerized display screens could display advertisements to generate revenue for the city.

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