Monday, February 4th, 2019 / News 12 at 11 O'clock
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - You may have known that parking decks in Riverside Village are pay to park. But now, the city of North Augusta is adding street parking to that list too.
Tonight, the city unanimously approved adding parking meters to the streets of Riverside Village, and they plan to have them in place before the GreenJackets baseball season begins.
"I do support that idea because, you know, it's a nominal cost...and I think it would help with some of the other costs so it'll be fine," said Melinda Huger, a resident of 20 years who has no problem paying to park.
The city is ordering 25 parking Kiosks; 24 for the streets and one spare. Each kiosk will have its own section.
"In other areas where parking is free, like downtown Augusta...people will park there all day--and may not even be in the vicinity," Huger told News 12.
The new system will be "pay-by plate," similar to cities like Atlanta. You'll enter your license plate into the machine, and you can either get a printed receipt, or manage the whole thing from an app on your phone.
"Most people expect to get free parking," said another long time resident, Al LaFavor. He doesn't think these are a good idea.
The meters will cost between $1.00 to $1.25 per hour, and will be cut off around 10 pm on weekdays; later on weekends.
"I think that the meters will end up being more of a punishment for people parking in areas they don't want them to park," LaFavor told News 12.
He believes they'll be used more for parking control than revenue. And he'd like to see restaurants and businesses validate parking for those who patronize them.
The city says those talks with local owners are ongoing.
"I think the city should share in that if they want to encourage business down there," LaFavor said.
For their part, the city isn't wasting any time on this. They'll be placing the order for the 25 parking meters tomorrow. From that point, it will take 4-6 weeks for them to arrive and be installed.
After that, you'll be paying to park.
They did not forget golf cart parking either. There will be two lots for carts: One near the "Wow!" Club by the baseball field, and another in the parking garage across from the hotel and apartments, near where the electric vehicle charging ports are.
The system will cost the city around $175,000. The city administrator says that all the meters need to do is make 2 dollars a day for a year to pay that back.
North Augusta expects to earn half a million dollars a year with the meters