Parking Screens May Be Getting a Facelift

Some relief may be on the way for those of us who’ve tried to park in Lake Placid and to read directions on the meters..  The Village of Lake Placid is considering the purchase of new color display screens for the village’s parking meters..  Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randal says there were two proposals requested of Mackay Meters.. the company that installed the original system..

Proposal #1 : To replace screens on 37 meters – $81,000

The second proposal was to supply and install bill acceptor assemblies on the first 22 multi space meters sold to the village in 2008.. That proposal would add another $39,640.. to the overall expense of upgrading the meters and the screens..  Trustee Jason Leon says while he understands the need for replacement of the screens he’s not excited about spending that amount of money purely out of the fund balance…  Trustee Scott Monroe says the meters have been making $300,000 without new screens and is concerned that a new investment might not provide the latest in software and they may be on the hook a few more years down the line to upgrade again.. 

AUDIO – 100813 – Lake Placid Parking Meter Screens

Trustee Art Devlin says if these screens had been available when they were first purchased. They would have put them in and the village has been waiting and waiting for Mackay Meters to come up with a screen that people can read in the daylight.

Village of Lake Placid Regular Meeting 100813

The Board was unable to come to agreement on taking any action and agreed to look further into the issue..  The two proposals from Mackay Meters, one for the new screens, which the proposal states would include the latest version of terminal codes and hardware, and the other to accommodate bill collectors in the units, are put aside for further review..

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