October 22, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The city of Reno is dispatching crews to lower new parking meters that are too tall for short people.
It's the latest setback in the Biggest Little City's parking meter woes that cost city coffers $600,000 in lost parking ticket revenue when new kiosks didn't work properly.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the city this month installed new "smart meters" that accept both credit cards and coins at an expense of $391,000.
There's just one problem. People shorter than 5-feet tall can't see the screens that show how much time they've purchased.
And it turns out the meters don't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Public works officials say crews will cut off a few inches from the pipes on which the meters are secured.