HGMH up­dates park­ing sys­tem

The Glengarry News - - Straight Talk - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal is up­grad­ing its park­ing sys­tem.

Re­cent vis­i­tors to the Alexan­dria in­sti­tu­tion have no­ticed sev­eral heavy pieces of equip­ment as work crews with con­trac­tor A.L. Blair resur­face and ex­pand the park­ing lot.

HGMH CEO Michael Co­hen says that the up­grades should be fin­ished by the end of the week and that the new park­ing sys­tem will be more con­ve­nient and user-friendly.

Un­der the old sys­tem, you couldn’t leave the park­ing lot un­less you had a to­ken or the right amount of change.

“It wouldn’t take bills,” Mr. Co­hen said. “Peo­ple were con­stantly hav­ing to find money just to get out.”

The new sys­tem will make things eas­ier. For starters, the hos­pi­tal will have a num­ber of au­to­mated pay ma­chines that ac­cept credit cards.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be a grace pe­riod. Any­one who leaves the hos­pi­tal af­ter less than 15 min­utes can exit the park­ing lot free of charge. Those who stay longer than 15 min­utes but less than an hour will only have to pay $3. Longer than an hour and you’ll pay the daily max­i­mum of $5. While the work is go­ing on, park­ing at the hos­pi­tal is free. Mr. Co­hen says that the colder than av­er­age weather may cre­ate some de­lays.

“The con­trac­tors might have to re­visit some things in the spring,” he says.

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