“Dock” Walls Offers Way To Ease Parking Meter Woes

CHICAGO (WBBM) — One of the lesser-known candidates for Mayor has come up with one novel way to bypass some of the City’s problems with its parking meter privatization.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports that William “Dock” Walls has proposed the city should create a new class of vehicle sticker to allow drivers to park for up to two hours without feeding parking meters.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Craig Dellimore Reports.

Walls said the city should create a new sticker that would cost $150 – twice the typical city sticker price.

That sticker would allow the owner to park at any metered space for up to two hours without feeding the meter box.

LAZ Parking, the private firm that has leased the city’s parking meters, would get $50 of the extra $75 the driver paid for their vehicle sticker. The city would get the rest.

Walls — who has run for Mayor before — said his plan would give the city revenue up front, make parking easier on motorists, and even help the company that operates the parking meter boxes.

“Now, because of the convenience that we’re providing customers, our driver, and because we’re making it easier for LAZ Parking … to collect their money up front, we then get a share of the parking meter revenues,” Walls said.

He predicted the proposal could net the city $25 million a year.

Walls is one of the guests on Newsradio 780’s “At Issue” program this weekend and you can hear more of his comments Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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  • Nick

    This makes all the sense in th world. Maybe we should take another look at Dock for mayor. An extra $75 is about right. It is may understanding that the company running the meters is planning to install a wireless method similar to I PASS to collect meter payments. This would be a good interim step until that program is put in place.

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  • Greg

    I agree with Nick because this new policy could be very affective. Who is this Walls guy? Where can I get more information about him?

  • Linda

    William Walls’ website is http://www.wallsformayor.com. The best kept secret in Chicago, since he hasn’t gotten the level of news coverage of Carol Moseley Braun, but he has been working in Politics since the Harold Washington days, as Mayor Washington’s right hand assistant. He has a comprehensive plan to bring economic development back to Chicago as well as fix the broken school system. Check him out! I believe in him.

  • sherri

    why didn’t Rahm think of this simple but briiliant sollution?

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  • mareo

    This makes sense because If I sold Chicago that contract and Chicago agreed to it, I will not refunded it. Plus, we don’t have the money to repay it

  • Mary Ane

    If you don’t know who “Dock” Walls is, you can meet him in person at Leona’s Restaurant in Evanston (North Sheridan Road) on Sat. Jan. 29, 2011 at 6 p.m.
    The reason Rahm didn’t think of this is because Rahm is not the same type of candidate…Dock is reflective, accessible, and visible…Rahm is not going to be accessible or available and he won’t think of things like this because he does not drive himself around nor park downtown….

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