LONG BRANCH: The city’s newly-installed parking meters are still on schedule to be turned on June 9, despite a technical hiccup.
“The lines are striped the meters are in, we are working on the wi-fi,” Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said during the May 27 council meeting. “We’re having some problems with the network (that were caused by Hurricane Sandy caused).”
Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said Sandy damaged two wi-fi infrastructure points at Morris Avenue and Bath Avenue.
“The people who set it up went out of business a year ago, so we had to reach out to the people who actually make it,” Roebuck said.
Roebuck said a representative will be coming out in the “next week or two” to get it up and running.
The wi-fi enables the meters to be linked to iPads used by special officers who will be enforcing the meters and also enables credit card transactions.
“Even if we don’t get this fixed by the ninth, we can still have them on, it just wont take the cards for a while,” Roebuck said.
He said people will still be able to use credit cards but that the credit card numbers will have to be checked later by police. He said users will not notice any of the issues with the meters regardless of what payment method they use.
The telephone app that allows visitors to pay for parking on their smart phones will also be able to be used by June 9, Woolley said.
Roebuck said the city is still waiting on parking meter signs, but that are expected to be delivered by May 30. The spots where the signs will be installed are also being prepped.
“Once we get those up we can hit the switch and say ‘go’,” he said.