No more parking for free in lots?
The days of parking for free in the city’s municipal lots could be numbered.
Mayor Steve Noble wants to have parking payment kiosks in some or all of the roughly halfdozen lots, and five companies that provide them have submitted proposals to City Hall. The submissions were in response to a “request for proposals” issued by the city on Sept. 19. Tuesday was the submission deadline.
“The City of Kingston, NY is soliciting proposals from interested and qualified firms, vendors and/or contractors to furnish an off-street pay station parking system for its business districts,” the city document read, in part.
Kingston intends to buy or lease about 15 of the pay stations.
Megan Weiss-Rowe, the city’s director for communication and community engagement, declined to provide the names of the companies that submitted proposals.
“We will release the names and bids of the companies after an award is made,” Weiss-Rowe said in an email.
Noble first disclosed the paid parking plan during a Monday press conference at which he unveiled his proposed city budget for 2017.
“We’re proposing to charge for all of the lots that we have,” the mayor said. “Right now we’re getting the RFPs (requests for proposals) in to ... determine the number of kiosks that we would need and be able to determine how much the rates are in the parking lots.”
Noble’s budget includes about $175,000 in revenue from the parking lots.
“Our goal is to be able to make our parking more convenient and higher quality service there,” he said.
But noting that each kiosk and its installation could cost $8,000, Noble said the city has to consider cost efficiency, especially for smaller lots.
“If we have a lot that has six spots ... it may not make sense to put in an $8,000 kiosk,” he said. “We may want to put regular meters in or something along those lines.”
Noble said the kiosk system will be beneficial to users.
“Users of our parking lots will be able to easily pay by cash or credit card at kiosks, with short-term and discounted long-term options available,” he said.
Some of the lots could have more than one kiosk.
“The parking pay stations are intended to improve customer convenience by offering multiple ways to pay, enhanced security and reliability and ability to pay at multiple locations,” the request for proposal states. “The system must be vandal-resistant and [have] a communication system capable to integrate with the city enforcement and citation system.”
Noble said the city also might activate a system that would make it easier to pay at the existing onstreet parking meters.
“Our on-street meters will also soon allow payment by smartphone,” he said. “Users will be able to receive alerts when their time is running out and will be able to add additional time through an easy-touse app on their phones.”
Correspondent William J. Kemble contributed to this report.