EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The city of El Paso plans to extend parking meter hours in the Cincinnati entertainment district to aid safety and reinvestment efforts.
Starting next Monday, the parking meters will be active for three more hours from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. The funds raised by the parking meters are overseen by the Uptown Parking Benefit District. The counters are not active on public holidays or on Sundays and public holidays.
“Business hours in the Uptown District will not be affected,” said a press release.
There are 113 yards in the district and meter parking is $ 1 an hour. Users can pay with quarters, dollar coins, credit cards, and the Park 915 payment mobile application available on the Apple Store and Google Play.
According to city documents dated April 30, 2021, revenue from the meters will begin to rise. Funds raised have increased every month since January, which is strong evidence that more El Pasoans are visiting the county’s stores.
The numbers don’t match the pre-pandemic numbers, however, but companies are optimistic that this will change.
Since the beginning of fiscal 2021, a total of $ 22,666 has been raised for the district. That is on top of the $ 78,606 raised from fiscal 2020.
There is a total of $ 52,273 in the district balance. City officials last year had a fund balance of $ 101,273 and expenses of $ 49,000.
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The city wants to upgrade the area with decorative lighting, planters, artwork, surface treatments, and freshly painted phone lines. There are also efforts to exclude parking in the alleys, to set up one-way streets and to make the streets accessible to pedestrians after 6 p.m.
City officials say there is no violent crime in the area and law enforcement agencies are increasing their presence to keep guests safe. Since April, the police have recorded 101 parking orders, 50 traffic-related parking tickets and 102 identity checks. The officers also searched eleven vehicles.
Police say they have made seven drug crime arrests in the past few months. One person was arrested on an arrest warrant.
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