Out of order parking meters cost Detroit an estimated $80,000 - New York News

Out of order parking meters cost Detroit an estimated $80,000

Posted: Updated:
Out of order parking meter in Detroit Out of order parking meter in Detroit
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Parking meters generate $2 million a year for Detroit, but that is not the only way they help the cash-strapped city. Expired parking meters bring in even more dough.

However, from downtown to Midtown to the New Center, Detroit's high tech parking meters are flaming out.

The city said 80 to 90 of the meters are on the fritz. Some have been out for a month or more.

Meters that control up to six spots are worth up to $90 a day for the city. When you spread that out six days a week over an entire year, that adds up to more than $28,000 or just about what it costs to pay a Detroit police officer for a whole year.

Detroit Parking Director Shawny DeBerry blames dead batteries. The meters use a special kind of battery that can't be found at the corner store. DeBerry acknowledged that this predicament calls for at least teensy-weensy bit of improvement.

"We're trying to manage it a little bit better so that we can try to plan for when the batteries may or may not go down," she said.

DeBerry estimates that the meter snafu has cost Detroit $80,000, and the wait for new batteries could cost the city another $80,000 or more. Altogether, that is enough to hire five new cops, and it raises questions about the reputation of an agency some consider Detroit's most ruthless and relentless.

"They talk about our efficiency, they are talking about the enforcement side, and they are still enforcing. Nothing has changed as it relates to that," DeBerry said.

In other words, you can still get nailed for parking at a broken meter. DeBerry said enforcement officers are still ticketing drivers who exceed the spaces' one or two hour limit, and if you insist on paying for parking, the parking department will not turn you away.

"Will the city take donations? Sure. You want to donate to the City of Detroit, we're always willing to accept donations," DeBerry said.

The city hopes to avoid these problems in the future by installing new meters that run on sunlight and nine-volt batteries. They have installed some, but they have a long way to go.

The city is likely losing far more money than anyone suspects because I found that many of the old time meters are out of order, too.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:57 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:10:56 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices