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Belmont to rent parking spaces to Zipcar

Posted by Derek McLean  October 6, 2011 02:56 PM

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The Belmont Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed this week to allow Zipcar to park their cars in Belmont, a move aimed at bringing more revenue to the town.

Zipcar will rent two parking spots from the town at the Belmont Center fire station parking lot. Belmont will receive $150 per month, per space, from the Cambridge-based car sharing company.

Zipcar gives subscribers access to a car without having to buy one.

The town could receive $2,400 from the company for eight months in fiscal 2012. The revenue would be considered unallocated revenue at this point, said Younger.

Younger said the company will bring $3,600 in revenue to the town during fiscal 2013.

Zipcars will be in place at the Belmont Center fire station parking lot any time between the next two weeks and a month.

Younger said it was placed at its location because “it was visible in the commercial area, there was walking traffic, they believed in that area,” he said. “They need visibility.”

If Zipcar proves to be a success in Belmont Center, the company may expand to other locations around the town including town-owned lots in Cushing Square and Waverley Square.

In another effort to bring additional revenue to the town, Belmont is exploring the possibility of regionalizing its dispatch center with other communities in the area.

“Massachusetts is sort of unique where most communities sort of run their own dispatch center,” said Younger. “If you go into other states their are sort of joined dispatch centers for multiple communities.”

Younger said the dispatch center would be a joined center for multiple communities in the metro Boston area. Some of the communities involved are Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop.

The combined dispatch center would direct emergency calls for police, fire and medical 9-1-1 emergencies.

The state 911 Department awarded a $75,000 development grant to the Metro Mayor’s E911 Regionalization project for 2012, said a release.

The town has been working on joining the regionalized dispatch center for nearly a year and a half.

“We are still in the early phases of this,” said David Frizzell, Belmont Fire Chief, who said moving to a regional dispatch could optimistically be implemented in a minimum of three years.

Belmont currently has a combined dispatch center for police and fire. By joining the other communities, Younger said the town should see savings. But he was unsure how much money the town would save.

There is not yet a designated location for the dispatch center.

The town has also received $117,000 from the state for snow storm reimbursement, from the Jan. 12 snowstorm, last winter. Younger said the funds are unallocated revenue to go into the fiscal 2013 budget.

The town could also receive $135,000 in additional state aid later this month, Younger said.

Belmont is still waiting for an amount the town will receive in federal aid following Tropical Storm Irene.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter: @belmontupdate

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