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Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery said the transition to traditional parking meters has gone relatively smoothly since borough workers replaced them in two lots over the summer.

“Some have told us they like the idea of using credit cards and debit cards, and that they'd prefer that,” Flannery said. “They also liked the idea of getting four hours (to park).

“The downside to the meters is that you only get two hours.”

Other than complaints about the pay stations being removed in two public parking lots, Flannery said his office has received no calls about the traditional meters.

But some meters appeared to have been shortchanging drivers who dumped coins into machines, Herald staffers found on two occasions — at a meter in the Division Street lot and one meter on Beaver Street.

In one instance, Flannery said the meter was found to be in working condition upon a borough check.

“All of our meters follow the county weights and measurements standards,” he said. “They are pulled once a year and checked.”

Flannery said problems can occur when drivers hit a parking machine if it appears to have not fully accepted the person's coins.

“It's sort of like when you put the money in a candy machine — it's the same principle,” he said.

Coin-operated meters returned to Green Street and Division Street lots earlier this year, prompting drivers to pull out coins instead of cards to pay for parking.

Parking revenue for the first six months of the year was down nearly $15,000 compared to the same period in 2012, according to borough records.

Flannery said he expects parking revenue to be on par from year-to-year figures.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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