Audit finds nearly 400 of Pittsburgh's old parking meters are missing
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority can't account for hundreds of decommissioned meters and has failed to maintain “proper control” of inventory it could sell for reuse or as scrap, city Controller Michael Lamb said Tuesday.
Lamb said he's not sure what happened to about 380 old meters, but he has turned his findings, contained in an audit of the authority, over to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. for review.
“It's clear there wasn't proper control over that process,” Lamb said.
Parking Authority Executive Director David Onorato said he disagrees. He disputed details contained in the audit, including the number of coin-operated meters the Parking Authority has switched out for computerized ones that accept credit cards and require users to punch in their license plate numbers on a keypad.
“We did not remove 3,800 meters from the street like the audit says, nor did we give (the auditors) a report that says that,” Onorato said. “We removed 3,500 meters, and they're all accounted for in the warehouse.”
Zappala's office said it's too soon to say what could come of the review.
Lamb's auditors also reviewed the authority's performance, contracting and residential parking permit enforcement from 2011 through February. Lamb gave passing marks in most categories, but it fell short in accounting for decommissioned meters and parts, he said.
The authority is storing its old meters in a warehouse at 12th Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown, for possible resale to other municipalities or for scrap.
Auditors said 380 meters were missing. They said the authority failed to document whether the meters or their parts were sold.
Onorato promised that the authority would do a better job of accounting for the sale of scrap parts and meters in the future.
The audit estimated the scrap value of the 380 meters at about $800. It said the meters would be worth about $36,000 if sold for reuse. Onorato said the authority has advertised the meters for sale since January without success.
“With the technology today nobody wants them,” he said.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2 injured in Strip District shooting
- Shaler man charged with homicide, abuse of corpse in McKeesport woman’s death
- Historic WWII-era landing ship tank docking at Heinz Field
- Healthy, confident Steelers LB Shazier ready for full speed ahead
- Timing drives former KHL star Plotnikov
- ATI picketer injured at Harrison mill
- Pirates show depth in earning victory over Rockies; Polanco has big night
- Independent bookshops find ways to keep going with new owners
- Cops nab 4 in Monessen drug hangout
- New Orleans slow to heal 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
- Port Authority of Allegheny County eyes $2M in detour costs