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Village hopes to remedy meter screens

July 12, 2013

LAKE PLACID - Village officials hope to find a way to deal with the screens on the village's parking meters, which are often difficult to read.

The discussion came up at Monday's village board meeting because the board plans to buy two new parking meters for Searle Lane, off Mirror Lake Drive next to the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. Mayor Craig Randall said the village will soon have access to 29 parking spaces there that will hopefully start to make up for the parking lost by the construction of a new hotel next door.

Randall said when he discussed buying the two new meters with a representative from the company, MacKay Meters, he asked for red screens instead of the current green. He said he believes red screens would be less affected by glare from the sun.

Representatives from the company gave him no guarantees that the new screens would be red, but they did guarantee the new meters would have upgraded screens.

Village board members agreed to spend up to $20,000 on the two meters. Randall said he wasn't sure yet whether the new meters would be paid from fund balance or the highway budget. He and village Trustee Scott Monroe said they would prefer the money to come from the highway fund, so board members passed a resolution authorizing the spending, noting the money should come from there first and only go to fund balance if it's necessary.

Trustee Peter Holderied said he plans to ask the MacKay representative to bring new stickers for the existing parking meters' buttons because many of them are worn off.

Randall said he plans to discuss a few things with the representative when he is in town later this month. He said the company often uses Lake Placid as a reference, and Randall said that while he tells people the meters perform their general functions, his reference isn't always glowing.

"I've always been very honest with people that the instruction screen gets the most complaints of anything about the equipment," Randall said.

"It really is legitimately hard to read," said Trustee Jason Leon.

"Some of them, you can only see half a screen now," Holdereid said.

Randall said that if there's any sort of retrofit for the screens, the village should consider getting them.

Randall said Monroe asked recently if the village should look at other vendors. Randall said the meters in Syracuse are easier to use and see.

"So that's a discussion we'll certainly look at," Randall said. "The bottom line is, while we stayed with MacKay Meters, it's largely because that's the way the back-office system is set up."

He said if the village were to consider going to a different vendor, it would need to take a look at the system and cost implications.

Contact Jessica Collier at

891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondack



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