PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - 11-14-13
Pineville City Council has decided to sell the parking meters they are removing from downtown.
The council decided to remove the parking meters as part of the city beautification project.
City officials say they have received more than 30 phone calls from people wanting to get one of the parking meters. They decided this showed enough interest to sell them.
They are pricing the meters at $75 dollars a piece.
"They've not been used in several years, and we thought we could use that as a source of income on downtown revitalization projects for Main Street Pineville," said Jacob Roan.
Roan says they will sell the meters individually first and then will consider selling them in bulk to another city.
One Eastern Kentucky city is removing the parking meters downtown. The Pineville City Council approved removing the meters.
Right now, Parking meters line the streets of downtown Pineville. They have been there for decades.
Harris Printing Owner Joe Harris says the meters in front of his store are not always good for business.
"It may keep someone from stopping in town. They're afraid of getting a parking ticket," Harris said.
The parking meters will soon disappear. On Monday, Pineville City Council voted to remove all of the meters.
"Being a local business person, I think it's a good idea. It will be more conducive to people coming in to town," said Ron Gilley whose American National Insurance office is in downtown Pineville.
Business owners in downtown believe free parking will allow more people to stop and shop, eat, or do other business.
"Pineville can use all the traffic flow it can get, so it'd probably be a good thing," Gilley said.
City leaders say the city will not lose any money from removing the meters. Many local people do not even put money in them now.
Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan says removing the meters is part of the Courthouse Square Beautification Project.
"I just think it's a plus for them to remove them. I really do. I think it will be beautification, more clean, neat look for our town," said Harris.
Pineville utility workers will start removing the meters soon. Roan says the Pineville Utility Commission will remove them at no cost to the city.
Roan also said they will announce details on how to purchase the antiques in November.
Some of the meters are also used as flag or sign holders during the Mountain Laurel Festival and other events. The Main Street Pineville program is evaluating solutions for the flags and signs.