The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Government

December 19, 2012

Parking meter solutions for the Corner

NORMAN — Competition to earn a city bid for high-tech parking meters is heating up, and Norman could benefit from that healthy touch of free enterprise.

Campus Corner merchants have asked for new parking meters that will accept credit cards and are programmable to adjust rates according to changing needs on the corner.

The project will be bid before any purchase is made. Campus Corner merchants are hoping for installation as early as next May. While being low bidder is important, the quality, capabilities and features various companies offer will weigh in the city’s decision about which vendor to use.

“We will develop a document for them to bid on, based on what capabilities we want to see in the system and what the recurring costs are,” said David Riesland, city traffic engineer. “There are charges associated with running the system whether that’s credit cards or cell phone payment — whatever that may be.”

The primary goal expressed by the Campus Corner Merchant’s Association is to make parking easier and more accessible for customers. By using meters that accept payment by credit card — many of which also can renew with a smart phone if shopping takes longer than anticipated — means people don’t have to hunt for change or risk getting a ticket.

But merchants also want to increase parking fees. Currently, the charge is only 25 cents for an hour. With increased rates, Campus Corner merchants hope to deter employees using the on-street parking spaces as well as students who have parked there to attend class rather than patronizing a business.

“The primary goal to improve our parking for Campus Corner customers,” said H. Rainey Powell, a Merchants Association Board member. “With modern technology, we have a number of options of things we can do in the future. These new meters offer a number of features which will be advantageous.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Filings finished

    In addition to Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala several federal, state and county officials will be on the June 24 ballots. Filing for offices that serve Cleveland County residents are: · ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Fracking review online

    The Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing State Review is available on the Corporation Commission’s website, occeweb.com. Completed in 2011 by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization, State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Candidates file for state and federal positions Thursday

    New filings on Thursday include: ; ...

    April 11, 2014

  • City briefs

    Egg hunt today  Norman’s Easter Egg Hunt will be today at Andrews Park. Activities — including moon bounces, games, giveaways and Easter Bunny photos (bring your own camera) — will start at 5:30 p.m....

    April 11, 2014

  • Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

    Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few ...

    April 10, 2014