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Pay station problems still plague Sewickley lots

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
 

On-again, off-again woes of Sewickley's parking pay stations in two lots continues.

In the Green Street lot, drivers have been treated to free parking for much of the last few months as the metered pay machine has been broken.

At the Division Street lot, only coins are accepted.

Manager Kevin Flannery expected both machines to be fully operational sometime this week.

Both machines are supposed to collect parking meter revenue via credit/debit cards or coins.

Each lot has one pay station.

Flannery said he is awaiting a computer chip replacement that could solve the problem.

“We're hoping that the chip ... will correct the issue,” he said.

The part plaguing the revenue of more than 50 spaces is roughly the size of a thumbnail, Flannery said.

Through May, parking revenue across the borough is about on par from last year, Flannery said.

Flannery said the borough has continued monitoring revenue at both lots and suggested replacing the stations.

“The worst-case scenario is that we put the old meters back,” he said.

On-street meters collect coins only.

Those meters only permit a driver to insert enough money for two hours of parking.

In most of Sewickley, 25 cents allows a driver 30 minutes of parking.

Issues this year 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.

The pay stations — supplied by Duncan Solutions, Inc. — were installed in 2009.

Flannery said he is awaiting word from the company regarding compensation for the long-term outages.

“We're still waiting to hear back from them,” he said.

If no communication occurs by the end of June, Flannery said the borough's solicitor will intervene.

Borough officials have had on-again, off-again issues with the two metered pay stations since installing the machines.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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