MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council unanimously decided Thursday night to spend about $55,318 to improve the appearance of the town's 560 parking meters.
"It will dress up the place a little bit," Mayor George Karos said after leaders adjourned a meeting that lasted more than two hours.
Council members awarded a $25,933 contact to Parker Systems for decorative metal sleeves and bases for the poles, and a $29,385 contract to Bohrer and Associates for painting the parking meter heads and crossbars.
Karos billed the aesthetic improvement as another step in the downtown revitalization effort.
"We have banners forthcoming," said Karos, noting the project for the light poles already approved earlier this year.
Karos was unable to say when the meter project would be done, but hopes it is completed this year.
Councilman Richard Yauger, chairman of the council's budget and finance committee, said the money for the parking meter contracts was taken from the city's parking fund.