Positive changes are on the horizon for anyone parking a car in Brookline. Town Administrator, Mel Kleckner, is recommending the conversion of multi-space Smart Meters located in town lots to a “pay by space” system.
Presently, anyone parking must first pay at the smart meter and get a ticket, which then must be placed on their dashboard. Not convenient in bad weather, for those with limited mobility or when you have a family in tow.
With the “pay by space” system, there would be signs designating each parking space, and only one trip to the meter to record the parking space and pay for the time would be required. The system would be more convenient for both the patrons and the meter maids.
Our Town Administrator is also recommending new single space meters for on-street parking that will give people a choice to pay with coins or credit cards. These new meters will used on a trial basis beginning this Spring. If the trial is successful, some multi-space smart meters currently on the streets will be redeployed to add more Smart Meters to the larger parking lotsin an attempt to decrease wait time. Others will be redeployed to strengthen the numbers on lower Beacon Street where people park for Red Sox games. The remaining units will be sold to help pay for the new single space meters.
Kleckner also included $100,000 in the Capital Improvement Plan to pay for these meter changes and to purchase a new handheld enforcement system. If $100,000 won’t fit the bill, Mr. Kleckner is recommending that additional funds to pay for the conversion come from the Parking Meter Fund.
These new changes were endorsed by email by the Task Force. The Smart Meter Task Force is expected to re-convene after the budget process and consider a final report to the town.
It is the view of BrooklineHub.com that Mel Kleckner’s recommendations will turn a nightmarish situation into one that will benefit the town for years to come. We applaud the efforts of all the smart meter task force members, most notably the hard work put in by Town Meeting and Advisory Committee member Fred Levitan.
By Harvey Bravman, Publisher