Village Board Explores Metro North Parking Meter Enhancement

by Tom Walogorsky | Staff Writer

An ongoing concern regarding parking meter technology at the Pawling Metro North train station dominated the Pawling Village Board meeting on Monday, May 15. Mayor Rob Liffland led an exploratory discussion among board members and residents about the need to upgrade the system for collecting parking revenue from commuters and transit riders who park in the lot adjacent to the train station platform off Memorial Avenue.

The current ticket machine does not process credit card or debit card payments, and the village board is exploring options for a more advanced payment system. The village has contacted LAZ Parking, the parking management company that oversees parking facilities for Metro North, to gather more information about the existing technology and available alternatives. During the discussion, the mayor explained that rather than purchase a new ticketing machine, the village may benefit from buying a used meter machine that could sustain the train station until newer, more technologically advanced models become available. This transition, he said, would make sure that commuters have a more convenient option for parking payment in the coming months. The board agreed that it would vote on this action once more information becomes available regarding the current machine’s warranty and system alternatives.

Another important item before the board was a proposal regarding the summer 2017 Pawling Fire Department (PFD) Carnival. PFD President Dennis Brunow addressed the board seeking approval for dates in early August for the popular annual event. He outlined the importance of the carnival to both the community and the fire department. “Proceeds from the carnival help enormously with the fire department’s building maintenance, uniforms, and bill payments,” he said. In addition, Brunow announced that the PFD will now be offering three scholarships to local high school students instead of two as in previous years. Carnival profits, he said, will also be used to offset the cost of a new roof at one of the PFD’s three facilities, and pay for sponsoring the department’s Little League baseball team. The board approved the proposal unanimously. The Pawling Fire Department Carnival will be held August 2 – 5 in downtown Pawling, with dates for the parade and fireworks display to be determined.

In other business, the board voted on a proposal from Dutcher Avenue Builders to install a new bathroom floor in the Village Hall. This renovation has an estimated cost of $1,450.00. The proposal passed unanimously.