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City renews parking meter enforcement

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Cities strapped for cash in this economy, may have found a way to get it.

Many cities are stepping up enforcement or charging more for violations.

While fines aren't going up in Waterloo, you may be more likely to get a parking ticket.

Feeding the meter is nothing new in downtown Waterloo.

There are more than 3,000 parking spaces, most are metered.

But lately some downtown business owners lobbied the city to put more teeth in enforcement efforts.

They don't want workers clogging a spot all day.

"The downtown is doing so well that we need these parking spaces. We need them to be turned over. We need them to be available for customers, our visitors, people who are new to the area. We want them to have a good time and part of that is convenient parking," said Sindee Kleckner, executive director of Main Street Waterloo.

Two new parking meter enforcement officers are hitting the streets this week solely to issue tickets.

Previously, it was part of two traffic operations department workers jobs when they had time.

Last year, the city of Waterloo made $40,000 less than it expected in parking meter revenues and while city officials say it's not the number one reason for better enforcement, they say it is a factor.

Now, the meter readers will be present from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. making sure you pay up for that prime spot.

"It's a convenience but we want that convenience to be for the customers because if you're going to be there for an extended period of time, 8 hours something like that, that's not the best use. This is prime real estate," said Kleckner.

A parking ticket on that real estate costs $5.00 and doubles if you don't pay within 30 days.

It'll cost you to park in most of Iowa's larger cities.

For a quarter in Waterloo, you'll get 1 hour, 15 minutes.

In Iowa City, 20 minutes,

In Dubuque, you'll get a half hour of metered parking for a quarter.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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