Phoenixville looking at replacing 300 parking meters

Phoenixville will be replacing its old parking meters, similar in style to these seen along the 400 block of West Marshall Street in Norristown, with new meters from MacKay Meters. (File photo by Gene Walsh / 21st Century Media)

PHOENIXVILLE — The borough will soon likely have new, working parking meters, according to Borough Manager Jean Krack.

Borough council agreed Oct. 8 to move consideration of purchasing new parking meters for the town’s 303 parking spots to its finance committee.

Councilwoman Dana Dugan said the meters moved through finance at that committee’s meeting Tuesday with “assistance from money through previous parking collections.”

The new meters, from a Canadian company called MacKay Meters, will cost a total of approximately $130,000.

For months, council and borough administration have sought out a better solution than the current, electronic multi-space meters, which the borough inherited when it took over the Phoenixville Parking Authority when it disbanded in 2010.

“Very early on, we realized that the meters were problematic and prone to continuous malfunction and were exceptionally difficult to work with,” Krack told 21st Century Media Tuesday. “Unfortunately, we had to work through those issues until such time as we could come up with a reasonable and reliable solution.”

Borough administration believes the MacKay meters could be that solution.

According to Krack, the new meters will have a button which provides a free 10 minute period for parking which affords drivers time to go find change or get in and out of wherever they need to go quickly without feeding the meter.

If everything goes according to plan, the meters will be purchased this winter.

“Our goal would be to have them installed prior to Spring 201,” Krack told 21st Century Media.

Because the borough has the proper equipment, Krack told council he thinks installation of the meters can be done in-house.

“We can do this over the course of the wintertime,” he said.

Disposing of the current meters will likely be just that: disposal.

“Some wishful thinking: is there any trade-in value to the stuff we have now?” asked Council Vice President Mike Speck.

“We couldn’t give them away,” Krack said.

Parking remains a high concern in Phoenixville, factoring into the campaign platforms of several candidates for this November’s municipal election.

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