Updated 09/24/2012 03:55 PM
City seeking bids for parking pay stations
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse common councilors have ended their stalemate over what to do about parking pay stations that will soon be obsolete.
The administration had asked for up to $2.5 million to upgrade or replace the kiosks, which may soon lose their communications link to process credit card transactions. Some councilors balked at the idea.
The compromise involved the city issuing a request for proposals from companies to either sell or lease new equipment to the city and offer guarantees of maintenance for the systems to avoid similar problems in the future. The sponsor of the plan said it was time for the dispute to end.
"I think the key to getting everybody together is just that. Everybody takes a step back and we all hear each other's concerns. And I think, during this case, that's exactly what happened," Syracuse Common Councilor Helen Hudson said.
It will take several weeks for the bid process to play out. Some city officials are still concerned the city may run out of time to beat the loss of communications.