If the pilot project proves successful 110 total meters might be installed

by David Miller,

Loveland, Ohio – City Manager Dave Kennedy is awaiting approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) before installing 39 test parking meters in Historic Downtown. The property where 26 of the meters are to be located is street parking along Railroad Avenue and the poles would be in the “right of way” controlled by ODNR along the Loveland Bike Trail.

IPS Single Space Meter

The test meters would be on West Loveland Avenue, and Railroad Avenue from West Loveland to Harrison Avenue. Kennedy said he is waiting on a person from ODNR to return from vacation so they can continue their discussion of the right of way issue.

Kennedy is working exclusively with The IPS Group in a test of their meters before possibly installing more of the metered parking. When asked if he has an idea what the parking rate will be he said, “Not yet. I need to clear up right of way with ODNR for the pilot program.”

Kennedy said, “I should add that we hope that the pilot program helps us establish a reasonable parking rate. It is important that the rates of the parking meter find a balance between not having a negative impact on parking within the downtown district while also allowing the meters to effectively manage parking.”

Private interests have begun restricting public parking in private lots in Historic Downtown.

In a June 26 memo to the Mayor and Council he said, “Having reviewed the products of multiple meter companies, the city has decided to work exclusively with the IPS Group due to their advanced technology, ease of enforcement, foolproof collections, and varying designs.” Kennedy also said, in the memo, “The IPS Group are leaders in the parking meter and kiosk field. The IPS meters are equipped with advanced technology, including mobile applications for the users, advanced enforcement, computerized reporting, and fail-safe collections.” There has been no discussion of penalties for violations.

Loveland City Manager Dave Kennedy is exploring using parking meters in the Historic Downtown.       (File Photo)

“The initial installation is only a pilot program at no cost to the city to determine operational, collections, and enforcement needs,” said Kennedy.

It is a goal of Council to increase parking turnover in the Historic District and discourage long-term parking in prime retail spots by users of the Loveland Bike Trail. The City would rather bike trail users park in the Linda J. Cox Trailside Parking Area on East Broadway.

Kennedy said that IPS meters are the industry leaders due to multiple features, most notably applications which allow the users many ways to pay, including through their mobile devices.

To discourage long-term parking in the Historic District parking is already being regulated by parking limits such as these next to Nisbet Park along the Loveland Bike Trail.

The meters will be solar powered and managed by the City through a wireless networked data management system. The City Manager said the meters will be easy to maintain and displays a clear violation indication for enforcement. He said the system includes a “failsafe” collection system.

The design of the meters would include one pole for each two meters, which Kennedy said would reduce obstructions along city curbs and would be black in color to match other city sidewalk components.

If the pilot program is successful, Kennedy has presented a plan where there might be anywhere from 27-110 permanent meters and an estimated cost between $32,599 and $124,125.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not a fan of the idea of parking meters, but if they must go in, here are my thoughts. I know that it will take longer to recover cost, but there is a way to manage parking & discourage long term parking in certain areas WITHOUT having a negative impact. In the areas that you just want to limit the time people are parked, make the parking meeting free for a limited time & then ticket the ones that have expired. You can designate other areas as “long term parking” & have a meter that will charge them for their parking time. I also think you need to try to have a way to “discount” Loveland residents. Allow them to purchase a parking pass or sticker that allows them parking in any area with no ticket. Loveland residents should get special treatment on something like this. To be honest, if I have to pay to park in historic downtown Loveland, I won’t go anymore. The restaurants & stores are great, but there are plenty of other great places to go that don’t charge you for parking. It is one reason I rarely go to downtown Cincinnati.

  2. If this pilot is deemed successful, will the full install be bid out or granted to IPS? If the latter, how was IPS chosen?

  3. What is to become of the land that Bond Furniture sits upon? I’ve heard the Bond property is being sold for more than $2,000,000. Will the buildings stay or go?

  4. Will the revenue from the parking meters (once the meters are paid off) go fund to a city parking garage? Loveland needs one in the worst way. Without downtown being relatively landlocked, building skyward may be the only parking solution that remains.

  5. I will limit spending my time going to the historical area. I enjoy eating at Paxton’s and walking on the bike trail. Need to find another area. 😢

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