Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a plan to spend nearly $1.1 million on new parking meters and pay boxes.
The proposed contract is with the city’s existing provider — Duncan Systems of Milwaukee.
City officials say Duncan offered the best price of the three finalists for the contract and proposed using the smallest number of pay boxes and the largest number of single-head meters.
Although officials have hoped to reduce clutter on the streetscape by cutting back on the number of single-head meters, they’ve also run into a lot of complaints from residents about inconveniences in using the pay boxes — especially ones that require drivers to return to their car after paying to place a receipt on the windshield.
Duncan is proposing using 1,225 single-head meters and 44 pay stations. The other two vendors proposed about a third as many meters and three times as many pay stations.
The new meters and pay stations, which have been tested in several spots around town, will accept payment by credit card as well as with coins.
Officials say they plan to launch a “public engagement process” to determine which areas will get meters and which will get the pay boxes once the contract is approved, and that the mix of the two types of units may change based on that process.
Aldermen tonight are also scheduled to approve a three year extension of a contract with Duncan subsidiary Proffesional Account Management to run much of the city’s parking ticket management and payment processing operation.
That deal includes a 10 percent reduction in the cost to the city of handling each ticket.