Parking system in drive

Potsdam officials selected the stretch of Market Street between Main and Elm streets downtown to implement a 90-day pilot program for a single-unit parking kiosk next year. The meters in use now will either be covered or removed during the trial period. W.T. Eckert/Watertown Daily Times

POTSDAM — A trial run of using parking kiosks in downtown Potsdam has been put on hold until next year.

A 90-day trial of a solar-powered, battery-backup, kiosk meter was expected to begin some time in the first part of October, but during Monday night’s village board meeting, Village Administrator Gregory O. Thompson said it will be delayed until March.

He said the decision makes sense, pointing to the free parking offered by the village throughout November and December to make holiday shopping easier.

The company supplying the meter, San Diego-based IPS Group, has the Smart Parking Program parking kiosks in places like Lake Placid, and has recently been contracted to supply the city of Plattsburgh with the units, Mr. Thompson said.

The decision to look at a new meter model was part of a long-time discussion of how to improve downtown by village board members.

Additionally, Mr. Thompson said the potential trial run of license plate readers from Vigilant Solutions, a company that is working with the village and IPS Group in the rollout, was “not looking good,” and that other police agencies were getting rid of their license plate readers.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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