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Brookline selectmen approve trial to replace multispace meters

Posted by Brock Parker  May 9, 2012 10:58 AM

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Brookline Selectmen approved an agreement Tuesday that could begin the process of replacing most of the town’s multispace parking meters.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of approving a contract with San Diego-based IPS Group to install 105 single space meters for a 90-day trial program this spring.

The new single space meters accept coins and credit cards and will be installed in place of several multispace meters the town installed last year along commercial area streets.

If the trial is successful, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner has said he will recommend that the new single-space meters replace almost all of the multi-space meters that were installed along Brookline streets last year at a cost of more than $1 million. Kleckner has said the town would keep multispace meters in municipal lots and along the Beacon Street median near the St. Mary’s T stop.

The town installed about 90 multispace meters in the place of hundreds of single-space parking meters last year. But the new meters have not been well received by residents, who have complained the multispace meters are too slow and are burdensome to older drivers who must walk to a meter, buy a parking slip, and then return to their car to place the slip in the window.

The outcry prompted Brookline Town Meeting to call for action last year, and while the town made adjustments to streamline transaction times, Kleckner has said he believes the town needs to do away with most of the multispace meters.

Under the contract with IPS Group approved by Selectmen Tuesday, the town will not pay anything for the new single-space meters for a 90-day period except for fees associated with credit card transactions at the meters, said Deputy Town Administrator Sean Cronin.

Selectwoman Nancy Daly was the only board member to vote against the contract Tuesday. Daly said changes the town has made to the multispace meters are working, and she believes replacing them is a waste of money.

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