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Feeding the meter may get pricier

Board of Safety studies doubling the hourly rate

Drivers using downtown parking meters might soon have to dig deeper into their pocketbooks.

The Board of Public Safety heard a proposal Monday to increase the current parking fees at downtown meters from 25 cents to 50 cents an hour. Board members postponed further discussion and requested more information be provided before making a decision. The board plans to discuss the proposal at its Jan. 7 meeting.

Inserting a quarter into a downtown meter will currently reserve a spot for an hour, but if the proposal is approved, that fee would only pay for a half-hour.

Illegally parking at a metered spot warrants a $5 ticket.

The $5 fine doubles if it is not paid within 30 days. Parking meters are monitored by five Fort Wayne Parking Enforcement officers, according to the city clerk’s office website.

The parking enforcement department is made up of one supervisor, one installation and repairman, one assistant installation and repairman, five enforcement officers and one part-time supervisor for the VES program that oversees handicapped parking violations.

The resolution is subject to approval by the Board of Public Safety before moving to the City Council for final approval.

Similar proposals have been suggested in 1995 and 2006, according to Journal Gazette archives. Both times, the rates would have doubled, but the proposed increase was not approved.

Board positions OKd

In other business, the board approved police commission positions for Andrew M. Brown and Jamie L. Wormcastle. Brown will serve on neighborhood code enforcement and Wormcastle on parking control.

Requests for new taxicab applications for Ossama Houran, Barry Palmeter and Archie Roberts were approved and renewal applications for Charles Baughman, Jabbar Gaines-El, Douglas Garrison, Steven Ramer and James Wiegerink were approved. The board denied the taxicab application for Heather Hartman and the renewal request Jermiah Hopkins.

The board also accepted permit renewals for 1st Class Taxi, 3 Rivers Taxi, A-1 Taxi, AAA Taxi, Ben’s Economy Taxi, Cardinal Taxi, Deluxe Taxi, Elite Taxi and Yellow Taxi.