City Hall Seethes Over Parking Meter Meltdown
Wednesday’s major meter malfunction has some very angry people down at City Hall.
First, Mayor Daley expressed his displeasure Thursday. In what he described as “a computer glitch,” and the way that the new lessee has handled the parking meter transition, he squarely placed the blame for all the problems on the shoulders of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.
This most recent problem has also given alderman more ammunition to try to re-write history, and cancel the parking meter lease deal.
Ald. Moore and others, believes these performance issues are possibly a breach of the contract, and may give the city the wiggle room to get out of this deal.
Unfortunately, none of the aldermen can answer how the $1.15 billion paid to the city for the 75 year lease deal, could be repaid.
Other citizens are wondering if the new lessee is going to cut as check to the city for all the last parking ticket revenue that was lost during the meter malfunction.
Local blogger, The Angry Chicagoan, wrote an open e-mail to aldermen:
Most of the Loop was without parking meters therefore the city could not issue any tickets all day. I assume that LAZ will be reimbursing the City of Chicago for the lost revenue in the same manner that the City must reimburse LAZ for lost revenue if meters are removed – something like 5 times the actual lost revenue.
Additionally, the fallout from this fiasco has Dept. of Revenue employees checking Pay & Display units around the city.
Parking enforcement aides (PEA’s), were instructed to check every pay box they came across in their ticket writing excursions throughout the city.
“In light of yesterday’s problems, we were given maps of meter locations and instructed to check out each and every meter and report all problems right away,” explained PEA Ticketmaster. “Needless to say, some of our ticket counts dropped like a rock today, and may even continue tomorrow. I guess that is good news for the citizens. My own personal opinion, the city should just stop writing meter tickets for 30 days, give LAZ that much time to fix the bugs.”
While a moratorium on writing meter tickets for 30 days might be the logical thing to do, in light of all these issues, my guess would be this cash starved city would NEVER do that.
A girl can dream though, can’t I?