Saturday, August 9, 2014

ACHD Puts More Time on the Meter of the Downtown Parking Meter Debate

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

For almost a year, the city of Boise and the Ada County Highway District have been scuffling over the placement of parking meter sensors in parking spaces downtown. The hockey-puck-sized sensors can tell if a vehicle is in a parking spot.

In July, ACHD sent an ultimatum to city officials that included demands the city obtain a permit for the sensors and accept a licensing agreement for them if it wants to keep the current sensors and put in 611 more. City officials don't believe such an agreement is necessary.

BW reported last weekend that the city of Boise sued ACHD on Aug. 1—when the city filed an application for a restraining order to keep ACHD from removing 68 sensors installed without ACHD's blessing. Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail denied the application.

ACHD crews stood ready to remove the installed sensors on July 31, but city officials filed a last-minute application for a permit and, following the judge's ruling, ACHD agreed to leave the sensors in the roadways for now.

Then Boise State Public Radio reported that ACHD denied the city's permit request on Aug. 7. And so the saga continues.

A news release from ACHD explains that critics claim the parking sensors are "an attempt to increase revenue and urged that permission be denied." But the city says it will create a better parking environment downtown.

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