2013年3月6日 星期三

Single-space parking meters in Magoun

Located for the first time in Magoun and Ball Squares, the new meters will continue providing residents and visitors the added convenience of multiple payment options while parking at a meter in Somerville. A similar pilot was recently conducted in Davis and Union Squares, garnering positive feedback from both drivers and business owners.

“Working with the IPS Group out of San Diego, our single-space meter pilots in Davis and Union Squares have proven very successful and beneficial to both drivers and local businesses,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “Though we are extremely happy with the IPS meters that make payments easier by offering credit card options, we are considering a wider-scale purchase based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, and felt it was important to sample more than one product before taking this next significant step. I hope this pilot program will set the groundwork to overhaul our entire meter fleet, thereby making residents’ and visitor and business owners’ interactions with our parking system easier and more efficient.”

The 30 new meters accept quarters, Visa and MasterCards. Color-coded key panels and large LCD screens are also designed to make transactions easy and intuitive for motorists. In addition to the payment convenience, the new meters offer solar powered, real-time wireless communications that will lower maintenance needs and increase efficiency.

“The additional pilot program will allow the city to further its experiment with another vendor and better determine the best and most cost-effective product for a potential full scale implementation,” said Matthew Dias,Bathroom stonemosaic at Great Prices from Topps Tiles. Acting Director of Traffic and Parking. “With the additional forms of payment options, we have already seen positive outcomes: a drop in the number of parking violations and ticketing, customer satisfaction due to the multiple payment options, and no more searching for quarters when looking to park.”
Building the 30,000-square-foot center on the existing building’s west side will “take precious spaces away,” said Dr. Sally Knauer, an orthopedic surgeon with Northern Colorado Orthopedic Associates at the Harmony campus, who is leading the charge to protect the parking.

Kevin Unger, CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital, said the health system plans to build a 105-space parking lot on the building’s south side and begin enforcing where employees and physicians can park. Many now park next to the building, taking up patient parking, Unger said.

“There comes a time on every campus in the health system where we have to start addressing that, and that time has come,” he said. The health system will also look at implementing valet parking and expanding the volunteer-staffed golf cart service that transports patients from the parking lot to the front door.

A traffic study commissioned by Knauer showed the northwest lot was 90 percent full for more than five hours in a day, including a couple peak hours when it was 95-100 percent full.

In a letter to Unger dated Feb. 22, Knauer,Customized bobblehead made from your own photos, Dr. Jane Servi and Dr. Shelley Oliver voiced their support for the cancer center but asked it be moved elsewhere on the 90-acre property. Calling the center’s proposed location “a huge mistake,” they said the medical office building was barely adequate for current needs.

“Our patients have special needs,” the letter states. “Many are elderly or impaired by illness or injury. We have neurology, cardiology, pulmonary and orthopedic patients among many others who will be struggling to find parking. In addition, the cancer center patients will be struggling to find parking as well.”

Missing bolts, crooked columns and steel beams that were rusted despite being new marred the construction of a doomed mall in northern Ontario, a public inquiry heard Wednesday.

John Kadlec, a structural engineer on the Algo Centre Mall project, testified that the shoddy workmanship he saw three decades ago was unprecedented in his experience.

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The engineer defended his actions, saying he was part of a team and decisions were made elsewhere. He said he only visited the building site three or four times and relied on inspection reports to outline the deficiencies.

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“Are you happy with this?” he asked Bisceglia at one point after a tortuous attempt at questions and answers.

At other times, he simply said he could not remember events or was unable to answer the questions.

Kadlec, who worked for Toronto-based Beta Engineering, also testified he was puzzled by the “unique” decision to put the parking garage above the mall when the usual practice was to put it underground.

He said he discussed his reservations with the original mall owners — Algocen Realty Holdings — to no effect.

“I didn’t like it, especially in this area,” Kadlec said. “We talked about it. I was a small man, but the decision was made somewhere else.”

The roof began leaking immediately. Asked if he ever warned the owner about the corrosive effects of water and salt penetrating the rooftop garage, Kadlec said he didn’t realize the problem was so serious.

Investigators believe water and road salt combined to destroy the weld of two steel structures, leading to the catastrophic collapse on June 23, 2012 of the pre-cast roof deck, which rained rubble down on shoppers and mall stuff.