With Controversy in Rear-View Mirror, City of Boise Moves Forward With 1,000 Smart Meters 

click to enlarge The City of Boise is preparing to install 806 new "smart" meters.
  • The City of Boise is preparing to install 806 new "smart" meters.
At the height of friction between the city of Boise and the Ada County Highway District, one of the more heated debates swirled around parking meters, specifically "smart meters," which offer more parking management flexibility and can detect the presence of a vehicle through sensors embedded in pavement.

Boise Weekly first wrote about the smart meters in 2011; the city installed dozens of the meters and sensors in 2013; ACHD threatened to dig out the sensors without an operating agreement; and during the summer of 2014, the city threatened to duke it out in court. Things went downhill from there.

That was then. After an ACHD election, which brought about a shift in district oversight, district commissioners agreed to a revamped plan that will formally allow the smart meters on Boise streets.

This coming Tuesday, May 19, Boise City Council will be asked to approve an expenditure appropriation of more than $310,000 "to complete the purchase and installation of 806 meters, which would increase the total to 1,000 meters."

The money would be appropriated through the city's Capital Facilities Contingency fund and moved to the Capital Improvement Project fund, specifically earmarked for parking meters.
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