November 16, 1989 |
After a lengthy debate, the New Hope Borough Council voted Monday to provide free parking at metered spaces in the borough during the last week before Christmas. The move was aimed at boosting Christmas shopping during the period from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24. The proposal was made by the New Hope Chamber of Commerce. "We can better compete with other communities by bagging our parking meters," said Pat Lacorte, the chamber president. Lacorte added that the borough already was 6 percent ahead of its budget of $220,000 in parking meter revenue for the year.
March 10, 1998 |
The Township Council last night decided what to do with Mount Holly's dormant parking meters: get rid of them. Over the last two years, parking has been one of the most discussed topics at council meetings. Coin-fed meters were installed at parking spaces in some municipal lots in May 1997. Last October, officials came to realize that metered parking was not producing the kind of revenue that had been projected, principally because motorists were avoiding them. The following month, the meter fees were waived, and have been ever since.
December 22, 2010 |
A Conshohocken police sergeant has been suspended without pay after admitting he stole hundreds of dollars in coins collected from borough parking meters, prosecutors said. Antony Santoro, a 22-year veteran of the force, confessed to skimming quarters by the handful from parking collection funds on at least 14 occasions, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Before his arrest Tuesday, investigators found $386 in coins that Santoro allegedly took while on patrol with the borough's parking enforcement officers and hid in his personal vehicle during one day's patrol.
April 4, 1991 |
Commonwealth Federal Savings Bank in Penndel is losing business, all because of some pesky parking meters. That's what Ray Staley, the bank's regional vice president, told the Penndel Borough Council on Monday night. Parking meters installed last year behind the bank on Eastbrook Road have caused customers to open accounts at banks in shopping centers, where parking is free, instead of at Commonwealth, Staley said. "The bottom line is it's having a significant impact" on business, Staley said.
February 4, 1993 |
Remember the opening scene in the movie Cool Hand Luke? Paul Newman's character is shown having a grand time beheading parking meters one Southern summer's evening. Well, somebody in the borough has taken things just a bit further. Since July, nine parking meters either have been sawed off or ripped out of the ground. In some instances, the cement base has been removed as well. The first incident was reported July 14, when two double-headed meters - and the posts - were stolen from West Oakland Avenue.
August 28, 1988 |
They stand in a row beside the cars parked all day along Mount Vernon Avenue near the Sands Hotel & Casino, their heads pried off by a twist of a screwdriver, their guts removed to some alley, their cold metal cavities stuffed with trash and old beer bottles. They are the parking meters of Atlantic City. At full strength, they would number 1,000 and could generate about $1 million a year. Instead, only about 650 meters are working in the city, and last year's purse of $260,000 was well below the $304,721 that the meters brought in five years ago. But parking meters are of much greater value to a city than just the revenue they produce.
March 24, 1986 |
Hatboro's parking meters, broken and forgotten, are on the verge of a big comeback. Ever since Mayor Joseph Celano ran five years ago on a campaign promise that he would do away with Hatboro's much-despised meter maid, parking meters along York Road, the borough's main street, have collected more dust than dimes. Celano's successful campaign slogan - "We should honor our customers; not fine them" - sent the borough's meter collections into a tailspin. With more than two-thirds of the borough's 200 meters broken, police officers lowered ticket-writing on their list of priorities.
June 27, 2007 |
Parking in Head House Square just got more efficient - and for some, more confusing. The Philadelphia Parking Authority two weeks ago installed six new $13,000 solar-powered multi-space parking meters that accept bills, credit cards and coins. It's a first for Philadelphia, with the new devices replacing 44 single-space meters at South and 2nd Streets. Drivers can walk to any machine in the square, swipe a credit card or insert cash, and receive printed time-stamped receipts that are displayed on their windshields.
July 28, 1987 |
The city's drivers soon might be parking their cars next to Camel ads, or they might be reading plugs for Alka-Seltzer after getting parking tickets for expired meters. The Philadelphia Parking Authority yesterday announced it will be testing the idea of affixing little billboards on or atop parking meters and selling the space - if advertisers are interested in the experiment. If a 60-day trial proves successful, the agency could realize a $250,000- a-year profit, said William Rafsky, the agency's chairman.
March 20, 1991 |
No, you haven't been imagining it: the parking meters are shortchanging you. Not all the time, mind you. It happens when you rush out to put another quarter in the slot of a dollar-an-hour meter, hoping to buy yourself another 15 minutes. What happens? Often, you get gypped out of the time remaining on the meter. Your additional two bits only advances the arrow a few minutes, to the next 15-minute mark. Earlier this week, the Parking Authority was telling callers that any meter that did such a thing was broken.