The new meters will digitally display the amount of time left on the meter, rather than showing a moving arrow to denote waning time. The older meters are between seven and eight years old.
According to Parking Authority Director John Mirabelli, the 700 new meters will cost the Parking Authority $65,250. The meters were purchased after the Authority's Jan. 22 meeting.
According to the Parking Authority's special council for policy planning and development, Leonard Bier, the Parking Authority has a tight timeline for the project. They expect that the meters will be delivered by March 8 and then be installed.
Mirabelli said that he hasn't been experiencing an overload of complaints due to the mechanical meters.
"Nothing out of the ordinary," said Mirabelli about problems with the older meters. Mirabelli said that the decision to purchase new meters was done simply to upgrade the meters throughout the town.
Mirabelli said that he is going to use some of the meters being replaced on Bergenline Avenue in the city's parking lots after working on them to turn them into five-hour meters.
They currently have a two-hour time limit.
The Parking Authority also discussed plans to perform environmental studies on two Buchanan Place properties purchased by the Parking Authority. These properties were purchased to create more parking in that area.
As part of the town's Urban Enterprise Zone's (UEZ's) five year plan, which was passed at a Board of Commissioners meeting last October, the town planned to renovate the Park Avenue business district and create more parking in that area. The Park Avenue business district runs along Park Avenue between 60th and 67th streets.
The Urban Enterprise Zone, established in West New York in 1996, allows businesses to charge only a 3 percent sales tax, which goes directly into the UEZ budget to bolster the town's business districts.
While a streetscape plan to refurbish the shopping district's sidewalks and add benches and lighting to the area was completed last year, the UEZ, the Parking Authority and the mayor's office are still working to create more parking in that area. The Authority is looking to purchase at least one more property in the area to create a new parking lot for the Park Avenue business district.