The board awarded the contract
Drivers will be able to download the Parkmobile app and visit the online site or call an 800 number to create an account with their credit card and license plate information.
The company is not charging the city for its services, but drivers will pay transaction fees if they use the app.
"That's how they all work," Public Works Director
The amount of the fee varies, depending on the account and whether an electronic wallet has been set up, which allows users to add money to their account and deduct as needed.
For a basic profile without an electronic wallet, the fee is
Users will open the app or website, login to their account and start a parking session, specifying how long they want the spot for. They will not be charged the
The parking meter on the sidewalk will still blink red though -- even if a driver has paid. Parking enforcement officers will enter the vehicle's license plate number into a handheld device to see if the spot has been paid for.
"The truth is, it didn't run out. It just looks like it ran out," Kruzan said. "It's going to look like some people did not get tickets who should have, but that's not the case."
Businesses will also have more options available with the app, including providing validation codes to customers or entering a customer's license plate number to pay for the parking spot.
Johnson said one of the reasons the city chose Parkmobile was because it gave merchants this opportunity.
Businesses can also create a company account to cover parking expenses for their employees. The fleet profile option has a
Johnson said they plan to begin implementing the app in the next couple weeks in hopes of activating it by the end of November. She said they're not expecting the app to increase revenues for the meters, but wanted to provide the option.
"It's just an added convenience for the community," Johnson said.
"I think we'll see some pretty decent usage of it," Kruzan said.
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