Parking Meters In Dedham Square Vanish After New Regulations

Photo: Chris Fama / WBZ NewsRadio

DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the case of the disappearing parking meters in Dedham Square, some local commuters aren't complaining about the Select Board's decision to remove the Sentry smart meters implemented last year.

In an early July announcement, the Town did not renew its contract with the parking meter vendor, Municipal Parking Services, and effectively uprooted the payment system to seek "alternative parking enforcement options that best serve the community and the Town."

After multiple residents submitted complaints on the addition of paid parking, the Town's Select Board unanimously voted to have the system removed.

WBZ's Chris Fama spoke to a couple Dedham drivers who say they're glad the meters were short-lived.

"Nobody parks here for two hours— you park here for twenty minutes and grab a sandwich and be on your way. A lot of people I know were very upset about it, shopped here their whole lives and never had to pay for parking, and then all of the sudden they do," said one commuter.

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In the absence of the parking meters, two-hour parking is available on Washington Street and High Street, with new Town regulations allowing people to park on-street for up to four hours on weekdays in along Court Street and High Street, west of Ames Street.

Officials say residents who were issued a parking ticket prior to June 30 can pay online or submit a written appeal here.

"I bet you I still have outstanding tickets— It's an awful shame to find that you got a ticket after spending money supporting the community," another commuter said.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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