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WEST HAVEN, June 29, 2017 — From left, Stephen J. Neifert, operations manager at Wescor Parking Controls Inc. of Auburn, Mass., demonstrates the new solar-powered, multispace parking meter for nonresidents at the April Street boat ramp Thursday, June 29, as Mayor Edward M. O’Brien and police Sgt. Eric Pimer look on.
Similar pay-for-parking kiosks for nonresidents were also installed in the Sea Bluff, Bradley Point, Morse Park and Sandy Point beach parking lots.
The kiosks, which accept bills, coins and credit cards, charge a daily fee of $12, or $1.50 per hour.
Visitors can also buy a nonresident beach sticker for $75 in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
The new kiosks join several others the city installed last summer on Palace Street along Old Grove Park, a pay-for-parking site for both residents and nonresidents.
Residents, however, can park for free in all other beach lots, including South Street, Dawson Avenue, Rock Street, Oak Street and Altschuler Plaza, provided that a beach sticker is affixed to the inside lower left corner of the vehicle’s windshield.
Parks and Recreation Director Bill Slater, whose department manages the beach lots, said the Palace Street kiosks and police-issued parking tickets combined to generate more than $200,000 in parking revenue for the city last year.
Slater said the funds were used to purchase the additional kiosks, which were recommended to O’Brien by the Beach Parking Task Force, led by its chairman, Councilman Ronald M. Quagliani, D-at large.
The revenue produced by the kiosks and nonresident beach sticker sales will support the general fund, city officials said.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)