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Chambersburg council agrees to buy $7,000 meters

November 20, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday night agreed to buy a pair of parking meters, each costing approximately $7,000, to replace a few dozen removed from the Rosedale parking lot.

The parking lot had rows of the old "lollipop" meters until it was torn up and resurfaced as part of the Village on the Falling Spring project in the borough. Instead of sinking posts and placing meters at every parking spot, the borough instead decided to purchase the two "pay by space" meters from Duncan Solutions of Severna Park, Md.

A person parking in the lot will punch in the number of the parking space and put in a quarter for every hour they plan to keep the vehicle there, Duncan Solutions Vice President Duncan Given told the council.

In case of a coin jam, the coin box becomes full or someone tries to tamper with the meter, it has a wireless remote to contact the borough, Given said. The machine also tallies how much money it takes in, so that the figure matches what is in the coin box when it is counted back at the borough office, he said.

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The pair of machines cost $13,961 plus another $350 for a spare coin box.

These machines will not have credit card readers, although that is a feature that could be added in the future, said Council Vice President Robert Wareham.

The machines also will not take dollar bills, Wareham said in response to a resident's question.

Each will, however, accept $1 coins, "even Canadian, which are worth a little more these days," Given said.

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