Cost of parking increases with installation of new meters on Campus Corner in Norman

Parking at a meter on Campus Corner in Norman now costs $1 an hour, versus the 25 cents it used to cost.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: August 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: August 20, 2013
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— Plugging a meter on Campus Corner no longer means you better have a spare quarter. Try four quarters, if you want to stay up to an hour.

The so-called “smart meters” were installed in July, bumping the cost of parking from 25 cents an hour to $1 an hour, with a maximum parking time at each meter set at two hours.

The good news is you can pay with cash, credit card or even your cellphone.

The bad news is that the Norman City Council last week lifted restrictions on enforcement hours. Theoretically, this means parking meters could be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In practice, that's not likely to happen in the near future, because the city doesn't have enough officers to enforce parking restrictions around the clock, City Clerk Brenda Hall said.

Currently, parking meters are monitored and tickets written for violators between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Police Chief Keith Humphrey said.

The Campus Corner Merchants Association has recommended that meters be monitored until 8 p.m. each day.

Hall said no one has specified that as the hours of enforcement.

“Removing set enforcement hours from the city code, which is what the council did last week, just means the city manager has discretion on saying when the enforcement hours are,” Hall said.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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