By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck will join other local communities in upgrading its parking meters.
Hamtramck is about to install high-tech meters much like the ones you see in Royal Oak and Birmingham that can take credit cards or be accessed by an application on your cell phone.
More importantly, they will actually work, unlike many of those currently remaining on Jos. Campau and in city parking lots, and will more effectively help enforcement,
In other words, get ready to shell out more money – or begin to walk or ride your bike more.
The new meters won’t cost the city a dime.
The city is partnering with Municipal Parking Services, which is based out of Minnesota. The company will install the meters, and then maintain them, in exchange for 50 percent of the proceeds collected from fees and tickets.
City Manager Kathy Angerer said the five-year contract with the company is expected to generate $180,000 for the city during that period.
Keeping the current meters, Angerer said, would lead to declining revenue each year because more and more break down.
The city will still be in charge of enforcement.
This is an edited version of what appeared in the print issue.
Jan. 24, 2020