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Parkers may soon pay with plastic

| Monday, March 24, 2003

Paying for parking in Avalon soon will be a matter of swiping a card.

Borough Manager Harry Dilmore said the borough is spending about $3,000 to retool 12 existing parking meters in the business district along California Avenue to accept prepaid cards.

He hopes the meters will be operating in the beginning of May.

All 53 parking meters in the business district will be retooled over the next three years, Dilmore said.

The meters will still accept coins, and the rate will remain 25 cents an hour. Only the insides of the meters, which date from 1975, will be changed.

Council President Edward Klicker said residents and visitors will be able to purchase the cards from the borough, with some benefits for those with connections to the business district.

"We'd potentially sell the cards at a discount to property and business owners," Klicker said.

Officials said the change will make parking in Avalon easier for people who live or work there.

Avalon police Chief Robert Howie said the borough realized $17,700 in parking revenues last year, and ticketing season is in full swing.

"We weren't doing it (as much) in the winter," Howie said. "But now we're doing it aggressively, about four times per day."

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