NUTLEY, NJ - Out with the old and in with the new. During the March 3 public meeting, the Nutley Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving the replacement of approximately 300 outdated parking meters. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the replacement project was stalled.
The new single space on-street parking meters and accessories were purchased from IPS Group, Inc. in San Diego, California through the New Brunswick Parking Authority Cooperative Pricing System. The total project cost is not to exceed $248,007.50. On April 21, the township authorized an additional $7,435 for extra freight due to COVID-19 related delays. “There were delays with shipping because of the virus,” said Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli.
Scarpelli said the township is also in the process of changing the poles out to make them Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
Work has begun to replace all the parking meters along the business district — Franklin Avenue and Centre Street. The new on-street parking meters will start to be installed end of June, beginning of July.
The new updated meters will accept coins and credit cards. The charge for credit cards is $1 per an hour, the same as it is at the pay stations.
Currently, in Nutley the street parking rates for coins are $0.25 per half hour and pay station rates are $0.50 per hour cash payment and $1 per an hour for credit cards. The pay stations only accept Visa, Discover and MasterCard.
According to Scarpelli, as each section is done the parking meters should be fully functional.
As for now Nutley does not have a mobile parking app but the idea is in discussion. “There is a mobile app for the parking meters, plus ParkMobile, used by some other towns. We have not decided which one we are going with,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli said the main focus now is to get them installed and working before implementing an app.
Due to the pandemic, parking meter enforcement is suspended until further notice.
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