Oxford gives go-ahead to parking meters

town_oxford_greenBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

OXFORD – Parking meters are a go in Oxford.

Aldermen voted 7-0 to approve a contract of just over $386,000 for the purchase and installation of IPS meters, two to a post in most locations, to allow charging for 315 streetside parking meters in downtown Oxford.

The 90-day contract will require installation by the end of June, giving city officials several weeks to implement the system before its first real test when the University of Mississippi fall semester begins in August, followed closely by football season.

The new city parking department on May 1 will take over management and enforcement of the currently free but time-limited streetside parking. The city is ending its management contract with SP+, formerly Standard Parking.