by Pam Zubeck
If you're running a little late, the city can help you with that.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the city's Parking Enterprise will have on-street parking meters reprogrammed to allow a five-minute grace period after meters run out of time. Meters are located downtown and in Old Colorado City.
That's a bit of a help, considering the fine for overparking is $20. Ouch.
The city says:
“We don’t want to discourage customers from frequenting the downtown or Old Colorado City areas,” explained Greg Warnke, City Parking System Administrator. “Hopefully, adding grace minutes to the meters will help those visitors who are just running a bit late.”
When the time purchased expires, the reprogrammed meters will track and display time in a negative mode ("-0:01 through -0:05") until the five-minute grace period is reached; then they will flash "00:00" and the backs will turn red and display "EXPIRED."
Staff plans to reprogram all meters in the downtown and Old Colorado City areas between Sept. 1 and 3.