New parking meters are coming to Nyack.
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By May, drivers will no longer have to display paper receipts on their dashboards to prove they paid for their spot. The app will take care of that function.
NYACK – Some say success in life lies in the willingness to accept change.
Mayor Don Hammond said parking-meter success lies in the willingness to accept change.
Or debit cards.
But not bills.
Change is coming to the village’s parking landscape this spring, with an app-based pay-by-plate system. No bills will be accepted.
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Hammond said the problem with the village’s 10-year-old Muni Meter system can be chalked up to paper currency, which often jams in the kiosk bill readers.
“We spend hours repairing our Muni Meters,” Hammond said last week. “I get phone calls all the time from people saying ‘Oh, the Muni Meter in front of Brickhouse doesn’t work’ or ‘The Muni Meter across from Runcible is not working. When are you going to fix it?'”
Repairs take a while to complete and can be undone in a snap.
“If it’s a rainy day, someone puts in a wet bill and it’s done,” Hammond said.
Nyack Mayor Don Hammond at one of the village’s old Muni Meter kiosks on Broadway on March 14, 2019. New Parkeon meters are coming that don’t require drivers to put a receipt on their dashboard. (Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
End of dashboard receipts
Hammond said that by May, parkers will no longer have to display paper receipts on their dashboards to prove they paid for their spot.
According to the Flowbird website, the system’s Flowbird app — already in use in cities such as Pittsburgh and Detroit — will take mobile payments and coupon codes and even has a “find my car” function for those who lost track of where they parked.
If you’re in a restaurant and want to add time to your meter, Hammond said, you can do it from your smartphone.
Hammond plans a press conference next month to announce the new system. It will include a social-media campaign after the new Parkeon kiosks begin popping up, first on the north side of the village and then on the south.
The village’s library patrons have already been using the new plate-based system. For nearly a year, a model of the new system has been in use in the small lot just east of the library.
Some things will stay the same, such as meter rules, which will still be in effect from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
There will be still be a “free 15,” where motorists can get 15 minutes free to conduct quick business. But the service will not be unlimited.
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“You’ll get two a day,” Hammond said. “We learned that people were just hitting the free-15 button over and over.”
Other parking issues
RESPONSIVENESS: “We’re trying to make phone calls back when when we have answers, which may be part of the problem,” Hammond said. “Sometimes, there’s not an answer. Like there was a truck parked that people thought was illegal and we had to figure out whether it was and what we can do about it. And so no one called back. That’s a mistake. We should call back and say ‘We’re looking into it. We’ll get back to you in a couple of days.'”
STAFFING is an issue, the mayor said.
“We have one person that’s working part-time in parking , so to get a response within 24 hours is probably going to be tough for us to do,” he said.
A GARAGE: Hammond said the village is still pursuing a multi-level garage in the lot just east of O’Donoghue’s Pub, on Main Street.
“We are going to keep trying to get grants to build a garage there,” he said. “We put in a grant last year and got pretty far down the road but New Rochelle got the grant, instead of us.”
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