A City Council committee approved extending hours on weeknights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. yesterday. The full council is expected to approve the ordinance next month.
Restaurant and bar owners have complained that their businesses are suffering because too many metered parking spaces are taken by downtown workers.
They claim that extending the meter enforcement time will lead to more turnover and open up spaces.
Safety Director James Draper says he knows of no other major city in the country that requires meters to be paid after 6 p.m.
He says enforcing the new hours will require more manpower from the traffic bureau.
The Associated Press