SASKATOON – Changes are coming to parking in downtown Saskatoon.
On Monday, city council awarded a $5.3 million contract to Cale Systems to revamp parking meters, replacing 2,800 meters with two pay stations on each block.
While paying with cash will still be an option, payment could also be accepted using a credit card, smart card or an app.
The city expects to make more money as customers’ cards will not be reimbursed for unused time.
Additional paid parking stalls will be added on 19th and 33rd Streets.
Councillors also decided to extend the city’s free parking program to Afghanistan war veterans.
A report had been submitted to the administration and finance committee to reject extending the free parking program for veterans to those from the Afghan conflict.
The report said adding those veterans would increase the cost of the program from $32,000 to $40,000.
Members of the committee rejected the report and voted unanimously to extend the program to Afghan vets, which also covers soldiers who served in the First or Second World wars, the Korean War, NATO or UN peacekeeping missions who live within a 30 kilometre radius of Saskatoon.