Changes Destined for Portland Parking Meters
August 6, 2013, 1:42 am
It's been a year since former city parking manager Ellis McCoy was arrested for taking $164,567 in bribes from Cale Parking Systems USA INC brand meters. Ultimitely swaying the Portland City Council to order millions of dollars worth of meters from the company.
Until Monday, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick said he planned on buying another $1.3-million in parking meters from the company.
Now Novick say's he's had a change of heart.
"I was talking to people over this last weekend, folks I knew including the president and former city employees who were making the point you know...it just doesn't feel right. It makes the city look bad, to keep on buying meters under this contract given this history."
The meters were set to hit NW Portland in January, something that will be put on hold until the city can put out to bid a new contract, and find what will probably be a new supplier. But Novick says that he doesn't see a reason Cale couldn't enter a bid "Wrongdoing was limited to that subsidiary. I don't know there would be reason to prohibit that parent company in Sweden or wherever they're from and bidding on a new contract."
Novick says that he was surprised by the feelings his own co-workers had towards the meters, they say are a symbol of corruption. "I talked with the new PBOT director Leah Treat, she said I don't really want to start my tenure as PBOT director buying more meters under a contract that has been under this cloud."