The Town of Leesburg may be bidding adieu to the parking meters that litter the streets of downtown.
Parking was a hot topic at the Feb. 23 Town Council work session, with topics ranging from in-lieu parking to parking meters.
Town council was amicable about the prospect of replacing downtown's parking meters with digital kiosks, used in other jurisdictions throughout the country. Running from $8,000 to $15,000 is price, the kiosks are digital, automatic payment methods that usually take both credit and cash payments.
"The reason the toll goes up is to pay for the toll workers. It's almost the same for our parking meters,” said council member Thomas Dunn "I'd like to see us remove the parking meters go with one parking meter per block."
“I think going with automative systems is going to be much more cost effective.”
Given kiosks on each block, town staff estimated each kiosks would be $10,000 each, but question whether there are enough parking spots to justify spending money on the kiosks.
Much of the work session's conversation involved “in-lieu parking,” the fee developers pay when they are unable to provide the requisite parking. Currently, the rate is set at $3,000 per spot the developer doesn't provide, to be put in a town parking fund, which currently has around $200,000.
The Town Council has proposed upping the amount to the tune of $20,000 per space, a fee they feel better reflects the Town's cost of providing parking.
The Economic Development Committee will evaluate the new proposals in the coming weeks.
The Town Council also discussed the need for more succinct and visible signing for parking.