Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick has directed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to discontinue any future purchases of parking meters under its contract with Cale America.
The ten-year contract with Cale Parking Systems was negotiated in 2006 under the direction of Ellis McCoy, the citys former parking manager. McCoy was arrested in 2011 and subsequently pled guilty to accepting bribes from a former executive with Cale Parking Systems USA. He is currently awaiting sentencing.
According to Novick, the decision likely will lead to delays in the start of the Northwest Parking Plan. The City Council had approved that plan last week which calls for more than 170 parking meters to be installed in and around the Northwest Portland shopping district in early 2014.
We are looking at various options to buy and install meters for Northwest Portland and other locations, Novick said. But its time to start anew with our parking meter purchases and to start a process that is clean and not burdened with the history of bribery that surrounds this contract.
Last year, Cale Group acquired the assets of Cale Parking Systems USA and created a new subsidiary, Cale America. The current contract is with Cale America.
While the pricing and service of this contract were a good deal for Portland, its a contract under a cloud, Novick said.