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In an awesome job of re-reporting a story reported by The Expired Meter two months ago, the Chicago Tribune recently published a piece breaking down numbers which shows the city is paying less to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC than it had previously.
Again, as originally reported back in May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration renegotiated the much criticized parking meter lease deal signed by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008. Under the revised deal, numbers seem to indicate that payments made to CPM for temporary meter closures, metered spaces taken out of service and other events reducing the value of the metered parking system have been drastically reduced.
Bills which topped $53 million in one year, are now just over $6 million a year.
After fighting a five-year uphill legal battle, a state appellate court has upheld the legality of Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal according to the Chicago Reader.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO, challenged the state constitutionality of the 2008 deal.
Krislov main argument was that the “True-up” payments the city has to pay Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, any time the city has to make changes to the public way that affects meter revenue is a de facto surrender of the city’s police powers.
But, despite the judge’s sympathy with Krislov on how bad the deal is for the city, they say that’s not enough to reverse the deal.
The Reader quotes the June 20th decision which says:
It’s hard to believe the infamous 2008 parking meter lease deal could continue to become an even larger failure than it already is. However, according to a local academic the meter deal continues to surpass everyone’s expectations of what’s already considered a fiasco.
Roosevelt University professor of sociology Stephanie Farmer was curious to know how the meter lease deal affected what she termed “street-level planning”, so she interviewed local transportation planners.
Farmer recently published some of her findings at Next City and what her research indicates is that the meter lease deal is making it difficult and potentially very expensive for Chicago to make significant changes and/or improvements to city streets.
That’s why, despite being originally filed in 2009, the lawsuit challenging the state constitutionality of Chicago’s 2008 parking meter lease deal is just now being considered by the Illinois Appellate Court in 2014.
According to Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke who was at court Thursday, a three-judge panel heard oral arguments from lead attorney Clint Krislov on behalf of the IVI-IPO on Thursday. Krislov argued the city turned over its “police powers” to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC thus giving up its ability to effectively regulate parking, traffic and the public way. This is something at odds with the Illinois state constitution according to Krislov.
ParkChicago is the pay-by-phone app that allows Chicago motorists to pay for metered parking remotely via their smartphone remotely, instead of having to feed the meter.
“The response to ParkChicago has been very positive as you can tell by the number of drivers who have signed up in just a short amount of time,” said CPM spokesperson Scott Burnham. “Our customers obviously like the ease and convenience of the app, which allows them to avoid a trip to the meter box and eliminates the need of having to walk back to their vehicle to place a parking receipt on their dashboard. It also gives them added flexibility by enabling them to extend their time remotely so they don’t have to rush to get back before their time expires.”
Meanwhile, a change in state law that greatly limited which disabled drivers can park for free at the meters could also save the city a bundle, city officials say.
According to data based on audited financial statements filed by Chicago Parking Meters late last week, the amount of money the city must pay the meter operator when meters are taken out of commission — known as “true up” payments — has dropped dramatically since the revised deal went into effect last June.
Since that time, the city paid CPM $6.6 million in “true up” payments, or an average of $1.65 million per quarter.
In the five quarters preceding the revised deal, the payments averaged $10.2 million per quarter.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
The company just completed a successful pilot test of the app in a four block area of the West Loop where the company saw more than 3,500 people download the ParkChicago app and 1,600 drivers sign up to use it.
The rollout will expand outward from areas adjacent to the pilot area to the rest of the 36,000 metered spaces citywide. Workers will need several months to replace the approximately 42,000 signs with new ones which instruct drivers on how to use the new system. The city and CPM promise ParkChicago will be available everywhere by the end of the summer but hope it’s finished sooner.
“We launched the pilot to garner feedback from the public, and the response from
drivers and local businesses has been very positive,” said CPM’s CEO Dennis Pedrelli. “We look forward to introducing this new service to residents, commuters and visitors around the city, as we continue to seek out new ways to improve the parking experience in Chicago.”
Drivers in the northwest side 45th Ward will continue to park for free at meters on Sundays as Ald. John Arena (45th) has withdrawn his request to bring back paid meters on that day according to DNA Info.
Originally, Arena was one of the small band of rabble rousing aldermen who wanted to restore paid metered parking on Sundays to retail areas of their wards.
Arena had said that drivers were parking in premium spots in or around the Six Corners neighborhood where Irving Park, Cicero and Milwaukee intersect and preventing shoppers from patronizing area businesses.
But now he’s withdrawn his request for paid Sunday meters because he couldn’t get the 25 cents per hour reduction in meter rates in he wanted in his ward for every day of the week.
With a handful of aldermen finally getting their wish to bring back paid metered parking on Sundays to retail districts in their wards, Gapers Block has an op-ed piece strongly critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s remix of the parking meter lease deal.
Writer Rachel Anspach goes after all the usual suspects of unpopular changes in last year’s revision of the much hated deal including the extended enforcement hours and free Sunday parking.
But she also hectors the mayor about his reluctance to join either of the two lawsuits filed against the meter lease deal which are slowly winding their way through the courts.
The nice people at WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift asked that oddball character the Parking Ticket Geek, to come down to their swanky Navy Pier studios to talk parking issues Tuesday afternoon.
The discussion ranged from the newly launched ParkChicago app, restoring paid Sunday meters, street cleaning and general tips on how to fight Chicago’s parking tickets.
Thanks to Niala, Kathy, Joyce and the entire Afternoon Shift staff for inviting the Geek down. It was a lot of fun.
Have a listen.