After 44 years, the last city-run parking meters have been removed around Steinbach City Hall.
"No more coins getting jammed," said Building Maintenance Supervisor, Norm Schellenberg, who was often called into action to unplug the meters.
The typical lifespan for those meters is 10 - 15 years.
In 1976, the city spent $7,300 plus installation for 50 parking meters, most of which had been removed years ago. The meters flanking city hall were the last remaining.
Keeping metered parking doesn’t make financial sense. A new electric parking meter can cost from $10,000 to $20,000 and Steinbach Corporate Manager Adam Thiessen said the lifespan is short.
He said the meters collected from $1,300 to $3,000 annually, a number that has been dropping.
In place of the classic meters, free-parking signs stand to greet customers.
"It just made sense for the way the building is supposed to be," said Thiessen.
The expired meters will be stored away for safekeeping and potentially showcased at city hall down the road.