New parking meters have been installed in several City of Powell River locations.
The meters will replace existing machines at the North Harbour lower lot, North Harbour upper lot, wharfinger office, Mowat Bay and Powell River Airport. Boat owners with vessels moored at the North Harbour will not have to pay the day rate at either the lower or upper lots as parking is included in their annual moorage lease. North Harbour annual moorage contract holders receive parking for free, but they must still display their parking pass in their vehicle, or they will receive a ticket.
The city issues a physical North Harbour annual parking pass when the North Harbour annual moorage customer pays their annual moorage.
The parking rate remains the same at $5 a day. Only credit cards will be accepted at the meters. They will not take debit cards or coins.
Bylaw officers will continue patrolling the lots daily. Parking ticket fines are $15 if paid the next day and $20 thereafter.
The new machines are replacing aging machines that have reached their useful life and are no longer operating consistently, according to city chief financial officer Adam Langenmaier.
“Revenue from parking meters helps maintain the public parking lots and the costs associated with the boat launches and higher demand locations,” said Langenmaier. He added that parking fees will also bring a fair balance to public usage.