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      Syracuse accepting bids for parking meter service provider

      The Syracuse Common Council is now accepting bids for the city's parking meters.

      The council unanimously voted to approve the plan for bids on Monday.

      The wireless network within the current meters will become obsolete in late November, rendering the meters unusable. All 270 meters around the city will need new modems with updated technology in order to work properly.

      The city says it is looking at two possibilities for the meters; either leasing them, or choosing a company that offers a guaranteed maintenance contract for 10 to 15 years.

      The city hopes doing this will help prevent another problem from happening.

      Earlier this month, the Syracuse Common Council rejected a bond ordinance for the city to purchase new electronic parking meters.