Parking meters remain in downtown core

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Photo: Councilor Trevor Bolin discusses agenda items at the Fort St. John City Council meeting on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

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There was a glimmer of hope for Fort St. John drivers earlier this year, when City Council decided to look at removing paid parking from the downtown core.

But now, residents will continue to dish-out quarters to park in front of their favorite store.

After a request from Councilor Trevor Bolin, City Staff investigated the value of Fort St. John’s parking meters. The detailed report was submitted to council on Monday afternoon’s City Council meeting.

Fort St. John currently has 282 parking meters in the downtown core. Amongst other reasons, the meters are there to discourage long-term parking.

The report indicates that in 2009, the city generated $64,234 from parking meters alone. More than 6800 tickets were issued, which brought in $65,000. But there’s still $11,000 in outstanding tickets.

On the expenditure side, the report states that the city spends around $51,900 a year on parking enforcement.

If the city wanted to remove paid parking from the streets of Fort St. John, each post would need to be taken down due to a liability issue. The report estimates it would cost the City more than $22,000 for the meters to be removed.

Councilor Bolin says many of his questions were answered, and the report was received for information.

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