Time's running out for malfunctioning machines

Oamaru parking warden Tania with one of the town's outdated parking meters. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Oamaru parking warden Tania with one of the town's outdated parking meters. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
New reliable parking meters will be installed around central Oamaru by June next year, replacing the existing malfunctioning pay and display machines.

The Waitaki District Council last week resolved to put aside $440,000 to buy parking meters. Council assets engineer Gary Woock said tenders for new electronic machines would be put out in February, and it was hoped the new machines would be installed between April and the end of June.

Mr Woock said the existing meters had been installed 10 years ago and although all 52 meters in Oamaru were in working condition, they were becoming more prone to malfunction.

''We have had to refund money and give some people free parking on some off-street car parks.''

The new meters would provide for a ''seamless'' operation, and be more convenient for everyone, Mr Woock said.

 

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I can understand the lateness of tenders to ensure that the best/current technology is available, but I question this time-frame.
Open in February, (presumably) closing in March, this should be followed by a reasoned evaluation/decision making process. The council has a fiduciary responsibility to handle the public's money wisely.
Then delivery & installation in April!! Seems a bit quick. If I was a suspicious person I would think that the successful supplier has already been decided.