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LIMA ó As part of streetscape improvements the city will make next year, it will install new parking meters that can use credit card technology.

Assistant City Engineer Eric Bontrager laid out the plans Wednesday at Mayor David Bergerís media briefing. The city will start with new meters when it completes improvements on West and Elizabeth streets, beginning next spring.

The meters will look similar to what is there now, but will accept coins and secure credit card payments. With the new technology, the city would have the capacity to change rates on the meters, but city officials did not signal Wednesday they were considering such a move. The meters are $1,200 each.

The city will also remove the meters at its parking lot near Lima/Allen County RTA and the Allen County Health Department and replace them with a single pay station, Bontrager said. That pay station will accept cash and credit cards. Regular users of the lot will be able to establish an account online for payment of parking and can even ask that a text message be sent to their phones if time is about to expire on a parking space.

The pay station costs about $15,000.

The streetscape project was to begin in July, but the city received a single bid that was 38 percent above the engineerís estimate. The project will be rebid later this fall, and construction will begin in April. The project includes removal and replacement of portions of curbs, drainage improvements, resurfacing, signal and lighting improvements, dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian improvements and landscaping.

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