By Barrett Phillips
Using coins for parking meters could be a thing of the past in historic Deadwood.
If visitors do not have any coins, or simply do not want to use them, they can set up an account to use their debit or credit card by going to passport parking.com
.Then they can use a smartphone to go to the website and pay for parking.
Chief of Police, Kelly Fuller, said this is good for the town because in the past he's had a lot of business complaints, claiming gamblers leave to feed the meter but never return.
Although cyber security is a concern these days, Fuller believes the site is secure. "Oh, I think it's very secure. The meters themselves have not changed at all. All we've done is put some stickers on there with contact information on how to set up a passport account," said Fuller.
Kathy Gallaher, who is visiting the Black Hills says she has used a parking program like this before, and there are both positives and negatives.
"The negatives are learning how to do it. Once you figure it out, then it's easy. You just have to follow the directions and then the positives; you don't have to worry about carrying money," said Gallaher.
Fuller called cities that have been using the system for a while, and he's heard nothing but positives reviews. It was then Deadwood city leaders decided to move forward.
The parking meters are 12-hour meters at 50 cents an hour.