Port Chester parkers might soon be able to feed parking meters from their phones now that the Board of Trustees has officially directed the City Manager to enter into an agreement with a digital parking meter company. The board still has to decide if they will implement the pay by phone technology on the new machines.
The Board approved for the City Manager to sign an approximately $600,000 agreement with Integrated Technical Systems, Inc., the only company to bid on the project and the sole provider of the “Digital Payment Technologies” in this region. The contract, specified not to exceed $600,000, is for the purchase, installation and maintenance of up to 43 Digital Payment Technologies Multi Space Parking Pay Stations.
The new meters will have the capability of pay by phone and several other modes, but the board has not made a final decision to make that switch, Village Administrative Aide Chris Ameigh said.
"Once we do an assessment of the system and of the cost benefit analysis of implementation, we will decide on the payment options for the new machines," he said.
The machines would also have the capability to process credit cards and to direct drivers to available parking using a Smartphone application. They will be the same machines currently used in White Plains, New Rochelle, Larchmont and other nearby municipalities.
*Editor's Note: The new machines will have the capability to pay by phone, but the board has not yet approved that option. They may or may not implement that new payment technology. Once they do an assessment of the system and of the cost benefit analysis of implementation, they will decide on the payment options for the new machines, Ameigh explained after this article was originally published.
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Parking Meter Investigation In Light of Missing Police Evidence
Speaking of parking meters, a Port Chester resident asked the Board about the investigation into money stolen from village parking meters three years ago.
Acting police Chief John Telesca said that the county district attorney closed their investigation but would reopen if new information was revealed, but the village’s investigation is “still in play.”
“Our investigation never closed because we were never satisfied with the end result,” Telesca said. “Things take a long time, we can’t guarantee an outcome that makes everyone happy. We are not saying it is closed, we are saying it is currently still in play and that’s about as much as I can say about it.”
Trustee Daniel Brakewood said not to interpret “silence on the board as silence or lack of interested because I think every member of the board is interested in seeing the same resolution as you are interested in.”