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Sewickley Parking authority looks to provide better service

| Monday, June 12, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Sewickley Parking Authority members hope new cell modems will provide better service to the borough's parking pay station equipment that has been plagued with downtime since being installed earlier this year.

“With any luck, we should see some positivity,” authority member Thomas DeFazio said at a June 5 meeting.

The modems were replaced June 2.

Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said the borough was going to check connectivity to ensure pay station tablets and readers were working well in conjunction with the actual meters. Plans for testing are in place.

Some community members spoke out about the inconvenience posed by not having consistently working parking meters. If machines don't work, business owners are instructed to take license numbers to prevent ticketing.

Among the issues the parking authority faces is when a driver parking can pay for time needed; for example, when a driver parks prior to the meter start time.

“The only option we have right now is to default PSX,” said Brian Jeffe, mayor. “It is the talk of our community. It's such an emotional issue.”

A PSX representative said said two cell towers had not been working reliably in the borough. Borough leaders gave the company until late last week to amend any issues. Flannery said he would test the system for three days and update parking authority members on June 14.

“I need that time,” Flannery said. “If it's not working by (June 14), we need to schedule a meeting so they address the follow-through.”

Rebecca L. Ferraro is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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