City considers new parking app
Parking in the City of Hamilton could become easier if City Hall adopts a new system based on a smartphone app.
Businessman John Tomlinson promoted the application, called Parkmobile, at yesterday’s City Council meeting.
He explained that the system allows commuters to pay for their parking by phone — after charging it up with real money — or arranged to get billed by the Corporation.
Users can also opt to get an alert as the time paid for approaches, and extend their time just using their smartphone. The City would be able to monitor parked cars using an online database.
“You would pull into a parking space, you would tap on the device, you would have preloaded your monies onto your cellphone. As an individual you would be able to put in multiple number plates,” Mr Tomlinson told the Council.
He said other jurisdictions using the app increased their parking revenue by 20 percent over a metered system.
“It reduces operating capital costs, it reduces traffic and fuel emissions and streamlines parking management.”
Mr Tomlinson explained that management will no longer have to walk around and inspect vehicles, but intelligent data capture technology enables direct and instant comparison of vehicle licence plates with an online database.
City Hall’s infrastructure committee is considering the application. Mr Tomlinson said that the application could be on Island within six months of City Hall’s decision to adopt the system.
City Hall also approved reinstating a $20,000 budget to provide a utility bollard at number one shed for visiting vessels.
The facility would allow ships docked in Hamilton to plug into the power and water supply for a fee.
And at number six shed, the City is looking at relocating the passenger arrivals to the ground floor in order to gain more revenue by renting the top floor to retail outlets.
The Council also approved a resolution requiring the Mayor to submit expenses over $50. Corporation Secretary Ed Benevides explained that there was no policy because previous Mayors did not have a Corporation credit card.
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