“Parking Meters Here Will Go Into
Operation Friday Morning.” In search of
much needed revenue for street repairs, expansion of the city sewer and water
system, and alleviation of parking problems city officials passed a special
ordinance to install parking meters in the downtown area. While downtown parking issues are a familiar topic
today this was actually the Transylvania Times headline on May 15, 1947.
|Parking meters were used in downtown Brevard
from 1947 until 1973.
At $65 each, it cost over $15,000 to
install the 231 meters covering two blocks of Broad St. and three-and-half
blocks on Main St. The meter company
received a percentage of the income until the cost was paid. The rate was one cent for twelve minutes with
a two hour limit. The meters accepted
either nickels or pennies. The meters
were in operation from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
except holidays. Anyone parking over the
time limit or using slugs in the meters would be fined.
On the first day $31.12 in fees and
$5.00 in fines were collected. In July
1948 it was announced that the town had received $6204 in fees during the first
year eliminating the need to raise the tax rate. Additional parking meters were later added on
other downtown streets, such as Jordan, Caldwell, and Gaston, and in some off
street lots. According to the Town of
Brevard budgets, revenue ranged from $8000 to $11000 annually for 25 years.
In February 1973 the Board of
Alderman passed an ordinance, “allowing free parking 1 hour limit on street
parking and free parking, 2 hour limit off street parking” effective March 1
through October 1, 1973. During their
October 1973 board meeting the Alderman voted, “that the parking meter heads be
removed and two hour free parking be enforced.”
There was to be “rigid enforcement of the ordinance”.
information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit
the NC Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about
our history and see additional photographs.
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