New changes for parking meters

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Town of Farmville voted in favor of installing new parking meter heads along downtown that will accept dimes and nickels in addition to quarters.

Members of the town council voted to approve the new parking meters during its meeting Nov. 14.

The parking meters will also be made uniform that clearly list the meter hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, with a maximum of two hours allowable for parking. Sunday will allow for free parking.

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The town’s infrastructure committee first discussed the parking meter changes. Town Mayor David Whitus asked Ilsa Loeser with the Farmville Downtown Partnership to facilitate a conversation with area merchants about the changes, according to documentation from the council.

According to the council meeting board packet, Spates said it would cost approximately $13.75 per meter to change the meter heads.

Spates, during the Nov. 14 meeting, estimated that there were approximately 170 parking meters.

For these new meters, Spates said in a Monday phone interview that a nickel would allow six minutes of parking, a dime would allow for 12 minutes and a quarter would allow 30 minutes.

Spates said there are currently some meters in town where a quarter will pay for 30 minutes of parking, while at other meters, a quarter will pay for an hour. The decision made by the council will make all of the parking meters uniform, meaning that all of the meters will charge a quarter for 30 minutes, Spates said.

Members of the council also were in favor of bagging the parking meters beginning Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, per a suggestion from the Farmville Downtown Partnership, meaning that residents who park along Main Street or other downtown roads won’t have to worry about paying for parking over the holidays.