|Old Double Parking Meter (only the|
very top part is being replaced)
After my blog post, I received some feedback that the fix was temporary...just to get something in place until the new meters boxes could be installed which would be in by the end of the year. A councilor looked into it and confirmed that fact. That didn't make much sense to me though as it would seem to take just as long to install the tops and scrape off the labels as to actually install new parking meters or boxes if that was what they were going to do.
|Councilor Ed Coleman|
Councilor Ed Coleman has asked that the contract be cancelled due to ACS not living up to the deal. Unfortunately when I looked at the contract, I saw nothing spelled out which requires ACS to actually replace the entire meters.
As reported by WRTV, ACS, er ParkIndy, has apparently backed off its promise to replace the rusty, bent parking meters by the end of the year:
Lou Gerig, a representative for ParkIndy, said cosmetic changes aren't needed.We were told we were getting shiny new meters to impress the out-of-towners coming to the 2012 Super Bowl. Now read Gerig's words closely. He says that it is "unnecessary" to replace the meters if they are functional. That is a definite change.
"Replacing an existing fully functional meter casing with a similar but new casing is unnecessary," Gerig said.
Gerig also said the new meters were demonstrated during technology previews and at public meetings.
"Later this year, new pay boxes will be installed, reducing the number of meters," Gerig said.
If you watch the video, Gerig, refused to appear on camera and answer questions. Instead he sent a written release. So in the future when we have concerns about how ParkIndy is running the parking meter operation, we won't be able to get a live representative to answer questions?
Bait and switch. Yep that appears to be it.