Leesburg, VA (June 5, 2015) – Last week, the Town replaced the parking meters in downtown. The meters appear to be new, but they are actually refurbished versions of the old meters.
The brown meter casings were sandblasted and powdercoated black, the clear plastic domes were replaced and stickers installed with the new hours, rates and time limits. In addition, black pole sleeves were placed over the existing brown poles. Previously, the digital meters were reprogrammed with the new rates of $1.50 per hour which went into effect in April.
“In total, 61 double meter casing and 39 single meter casings were refurbished,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “The new powdercoating should last 10 to 15 years. The total cost for the refurbishing and reinstallation of the meters was approximately $13,000. In contrast, estimates for replacing the meters ranged from $80,000 to $100,000, depending on the options, so we saved a lot of money by refurbishing the old meters.”
“Normally, we would not have installed the replacement meters before the construction on King and Loudoun streets,” Dentler continued. “However, because so many of the meters were malfunctioning and creating customer service issues with tickets being issued incorrectly, I felt that getting the refurbished meter installed as soon as possible was the best choice. As construction begins in different sections of downtown, the meters will be removed, stored and reinstalled as necessary.”
All parking meters, with exception of the two 15-minute meters in front of the post office on East Market Street, have a two-hour limit.