Parking authority eyes $60k from parking deck this year

Feb. 10, 2017: Metuchen’s Parking Authority restructured late last year, moving from five to three employees and removing its executive director Thomas Crownover in favor of a part-time business manager.

The reorganization is expected to result in savings of about $50,000 for 2017, Parking Authority Commissioner Leonard Roseman told me in an email response to several questions.

The Parking Authority hired Metuchen resident Cory Zaneto as part-time business manager. The Authority also shifted long-time employee Art Moore to facilities manager. Employee Dorothy Wyzykowski will maintain business and customer records.

The Authority also entered an agreement with borough Public Works Department for plowing and other maintenance at remaining parking lots, Councilman Jay Muldoon said at a Council meeting in November.

The decision was made to shrink the organization as part of the development of the Pearl Street parking lot. That lot was the Parking Authority’s largest, and with Nexus Parking Systems managing the 750-space parking deck, the Authority has a reduced scope of responsibility, Muldoon said.

Metuchen’s Parking Authority leased the land for the parking garage to Nexus, which financed construction of the structure. The Parking Authority will receive 30 percent of net income from the parking facility, Roseman said.

“The PA budget for 2017 will anticipate $60,000 income from Nexus. As occupancy increases the PA income will increase. My own estimate is $90,000 to $100,000 after a year or two,” Roseman said.

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