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Grab the coins, Sewickley's parking pay station problems resolved

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Get ready to pay to park again in Sewickley's two public lots.

Two parking-meter pay stations in Sewickley that have been out of order for at least the last three weeks are expected to be fully operational Wednesday or Thursday, borough Manager Kevin Flannery said.

Flannery expected computer units inside two pay stations — one at the Division Street lot and another serving Green Street lot — to be installed by Wednesday afternoon, meaning drivers heading to Sewickley once again would need to reach for their quarters or swipe credit cards to obey the town's parking ordinances.

Stations were installed in 2009.

“So it probably was time for them to be shipped back, reprogrammed and upgraded,” Flannery said.

Issues with the parking meters began in early February when borough public-works employees found coins jammed into the credit card slot of the Division Street lot. Each of the two public lots serve about 50 cars each.

Equipment was replaced then, but a similar problem occurred, which forced the pay stations offline later in the month and again in March.

“There was some damage on the screens, particularly from coins into the credit card slot,” Flannery said.

Flannery said parking-meter revenue is down slightly.

In March, about $12,000 was collected in parking-meter revenue, according to borough data for all parking meters.

In March 2012, about $16,000 was collected.

Data on parking tickets issued show the borough issued 347 fewer tickets in February and March, compared to the same time period in 2012.

Parking in Sewickley is metered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Borough officials have had on-again, off-again issues — mostly weather-related — with the two metered pay stations since installing the machines about four years ago.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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