LONG BRANCH: The city appears to be keeping paid parking limited to oceanfront streets for the 2015 summer season.
The parking meters were not installed until mid-June last year but still brought in $630,000 with about $500,000 of that total coming from the people who paid to park at Pier Village. This year the meters will be activated on May 1 and will not be deactivated until Sept. 30.
Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said there are no plans to expand the parking this summer to areas such as West End, Broadway and Third Avenue.
"Maybe at some point in the future, but I don't think this is the year to do it," Woolley said. "We'd like to perfect what we are doing where we doing it."
The only place where meters could be added would be both sides of Ocean Avenue and Seaview Avenue, but that has not yet been decided.
The only definite change the city is looking to make for this year is take the meters faster
"The meters in Pier Village did not function as they were specified," Woolley said. "We've been negotiating with the company to get that fixed and in all likelihood they will be hardwired."
Woolley said the solar panel they were working off of was not sufficient in Pier Village and caused them to run slowly. The meters north and south of Pier Village functioned well and no changes will be made to them.
He said the city will heavily promote the of the mobile app that will allow people to pay for parking by using their phones. He said it will also be promoted in the Pier Village businesses
The meters will continue to cost $1 per hour on Monday-Thursday and $2 per hour on Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists can pay using cash, a credit card or the mobile app. The meters are similar to those in Asbury Park as people will park in a space and input the 4-digit number of their space when they go to pay at a parking meter.
The Pier Village regulations are different than other areas of the city as all of the spaces there have a 2-hour parking time limit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a 4-hour time limit from 5 p.m. to midnight.