It’s time to plug those meters.
Fees for parking on the street and in City of Vernon lots increased Tuesday and among the critics is the Downtown Vernon Association.
“I did get an earful about the parking changes,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham of a recent meeting with the DVA.
“They have concerns about that.”
Downtown merchants have indicated that higher parking fees will turn customers away. However, the city has stated the new rates are more in line with transit costs, rates charged by other communities and the cost of maintaining land for parking.
Parking meter rates have climbed from 50 cents to $1 an hour.
“There is the misconception that meters will only take loonies. But they will take a quarter for 15 minutes,” said Cunningham.
Meter rates will be rolled out over several weeks progressing from downtown out, while fines will increase from $5 to $10.
“Customers will still have 14 days from the issuance of a ticket to take advantage of a reduced fine,” said Clint Kanester, bylaw enforcement manager.
For city-owned parking lots, the user fee will increase from $35 a month and $21.40 per month (in some cases) to $60 a month, with hourly and day rates increasing where the lot allows this use.
Parkade parking will jump from $55 to $65 a month except for roof-top parking which goes from $25 to $35 a month.
“The roof is less expensive as it is not covered parking and requires a liability waiver to be signed,” said Kanester.