A committee of the whole Danbury City Council has met to discuss parking ordinance revisions and new technology for the Parking Authority. No residents spoke during the public hearing held immediately before the meeting. The quasi-municipal agency is getting kiosks for the Patriot and Bardo garages and a new mobile app. Right now the two parking garages only deal in cash, but they will get new kiosks and an app for people to pay for parking.
The gates will be removed and instead of paying attendants, license plate information can be entered into the kiosk or app. A camera will recognize a permit holder's license plate so they won't have to enter their information. Multi-space kiosk will also replace some street meters.
The Danbury Parking Authority says the current equipment is outdated, but Patriot Garage could become 24-7 with the new technology. Gate attendants would go from taking tickets and payment to patrolling and doing security. Authority Executive Director Debbie Pacific said they will be asking that employees become parking enforcement officers.
Funding for the new technology was included in the budget.
The Committee of the Whole is recommending that the City Council approve the proposed changes.