Share This Page

Westmoreland officials to take on meter inspection

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 5:06 p.m.

Westmoreland County is going into the parking meter business.

Starting in February, the county will offer its inspection services to the dozen municipalities with parking meters.

A change in state law enacted last year requires each municipality to conduct its own parking meter inspections, which are mandated every five years.

β€œIt won't be a money-maker for the county. Our goal here is to provide a service for the municipalities,” said Scott Sistek, director of the county Department of Weights and Measures.

Until this year, the state was responsible for parking meter inspections, although it contracted Westmoreland County to act as its field agent.

Sistek said each of the 12 municipalities with meters can hire the county to conduct the inspections or retain its own certified staffers to meet the requirement.

There are about 4,000 parking meters in Westmoreland County, with the most β€” 800 to 1,100 β€” in Greensburg and Latrobe. Other communities with meters are Scottdale, Trafford, Ligonier, Mt. Pleasant, Irwin, Jeannette, West Newton, New Kensington, Vandergrift and Monessen.

County commissioners on Thursday approved a new ordinance that details how the inspections will be conducted.

The ordinance calls for the county to charge towns a flat fee of $85 to inspect the first 175 meters. The county will assess a 55-cent fee for each additional meter inspected.

Those fees will increase in 2018 to $100 for the first 175 meters and 65 cents for each subsequent meter.

If a meter does not pass inspection, a red rejection sticker will be placed on the meter, which must remain out of service until it is fixed and re-inspected by the department.

The ordinance will go into effect on Feb. 1, the start of the first annual license period.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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.