NORMAN — 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.