November 5, 2006 By Chandler Harris
The three-year agreement states that Hoboken will pay Robotic Parking a monthly software fee of $5,500, while Unitronics will operate and maintain the garage for $23,250 a month. All fees combined, the city will pay $28,750 for the garage's monthly operations -- $850 more than Robotic Parking's proposed fee increase that sparked the debacle.
Robotic Parking, however, can still seek legal relief for the alleged infringement of the copyrighted software if the company chooses, Clark said, which adds up to about $45,000 in back bills.
"I couldn't foresee this happening anywhere else other than Hoboken," Clark said.
On the other side, Hoboken officials said they felt at a distinct disadvantage.
"The people managing our garage are holding us by the short hairs," Sherman said.
Hoboken contends that a suitable agreement is still needed and is working on revising the original agreement, while the Hudson Reporter said the city is looking to sell the garage. After Hoboken residents filled up blogs about the garage, the relative truce seems to have residents ready to park their cars in relative peace.
"I'm so glad this is resolved simply because I am so sick of hearing about this," said one blogger, while another blogger complained of a 25-minute wait to get their car out of the garage.
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