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Parking meters could be removed from street

February 08, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The worn-out parking meters in the 100 block of East Franklin Street could be removed after the Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday that replacing them would be too costly.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said after the council's Tuesday work session that a proposal to remove the meters would be introduced later this month.

The 14 parking meters line the north side the 100 block of East Franklin Street, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. Each meter uses the older "crank" method to accept coins, rather than the contemporary electronic method in which money is dropped directly into a slot, he said.

Tissue said it would cost about $2,400 to replace the meters. The meters could generate as much as $336 a year. At that rate, it would take as many as seven years to recoup the replacement cost, he said.

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Parking meters typically have about a 12-year life span, Tissue said.

After the work session, Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said that replacing the meters would take too long to show a profit.

Tissue said there are no meters on the south side of the 100 block of East Franklin Street.

Some of the residents who live in that area have complained to the city that they didn't want to put money into a parking meter to park in front of their homes.

Tissue wrote in a memorandum that those residents' requests were rejected when the city decided the meters were needed in case commercial development increased on East Franklin Street.

The same memorandum stated that the Hagerstown Board of Traffic and Parking reviewed the residents' concerns in January, and decided it wasn't practical to maintain the meters.

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