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Council considers placing traffic cameras in the city



Published: Tue, March 15, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

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By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Traffic cameras to catch speeders and those who drive through red lights and stop signs could be in place by the fall.

The original idea was to have the cameras only at school zones, but city officials said Monday they also plan to put them at areas with traffic-control issues.

That doesn’t please Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st, chairwoman of council’s safety committee.

“All I want is to see them in school zones,” she said at Monday’s safety- committee meeting. “I’m going to be out there fighting it. Some council members want red-light cameras. To me, they’re a detriment to the city.

But other members of council don’t object to placing the camera at locations with a lot of motorists speeding or driving through red lights and stop signs.

“I’m not opposed to [the cameras] being in other places,” said Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, and a safety-committee member.

Councilman DeMaine Kitchen, D-2nd, said: “I’m not advocating for [cameras in places other than school zones], but I’m open to it. I don’t want to plaster the city with them. The idea was to make school zones safe. We’ll still do that. [But] I wouldn’t oppose [having them in] troubled spots.”

Councilman Jamael Tito Brown, D-3rd, wants cameras monitoring speed in school zones and cameras watching busy intersections to determine the causes of traffic accidents.

Mayor Jay Williams said he doesn’t see a problem having the cameras in other locations besides school zones.

“It’s not to create speed traps,” he said. “Certain areas have problems. I don’t anticipate the city being flooded with traffic cameras. Many will be in school zones.”

CT Consultants, which has a Youngstown office, will conduct a traffic study with input from council members that will include recommended places for the cameras, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public works department. The report should be done by mid-June, he said.

The city wants to hire Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix to operate the traffic cameras.

City officials have talked about traffic cameras since late 2009.

Also at Tuesday’s safety- committee meeting, members discussed the City Watch System that contacts residents by telephone through an automated system about block-watch and community meetings.

The system has experienced problems, including repeatedly calling people and calling the wrong people — including those who don’t live in the city.

The city purchased the system in 1997 and upgraded it in 2005 at a cost of about $39,000, Swierz said.

The new upgrade, which should be done in a few weeks, cost $11,600.


Comments

1Askmeificare(694 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

COUNCILWOMAN ANNIE GILLIAM Thank you for working for US!!

COUNCILMAN DEMAINE KITCHEN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN JAMAEL TITO BROWN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN MICHAEL RAY - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN PAUL DRENNEN - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILWOMAN JANET TARPLEY - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

COUNCILMAN JOHN SWIERZ - WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PLEASE RESIGN!

ALL OF YOU CITY COUNCIL FOLK ARE WAY OUTTA CONTROL AND WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED AND MUST RESIGN!

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Revenue Raising at it's worst. It's not about safety at all. The time has come to make them illegal all over Ohio. All it would take is about 250,000 signatures on a petition and a referendum that would pass 2:1 or better because people hate these revenue raising cameras.

Youngstown needs to downsize it's city employment to meet the current level of population, not keep increasing the cost of coming to Youngstown with it's already too high taxes. I just don't understand why Mayor Jay & Council don't get it?

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3Photoman(994 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Obviously, the dollar signs in the eyes of city council memers are not allowing them to see that the citizens do not want these cameras and, once again, they will ignore the will of the people who elected them. They have no desire to truly represent the citizens.

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4YoungerVoice(9 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

There are plenty of intelligent people left in Youngstown that care about its future. They're just not speaking loud enough.

http://www.cityofyoungstownoh.org/cit...

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is the best council Youngstown has ever had... just ask them!

When the car jackers are coming after you, don't speed - the camera might catch you.

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6verita(14 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Melfi tried this scheme in Girard and after it was challenged in court, the city had to pay back the people whose money was taken illegally. The people didn't want it and the businesses downtown didn't want it. It's nothing but a quick money-maker when politicians are poor managers and don't know how to balance budgets.

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7fcb(318 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Citizens of Youngstown!!! Not to worry about these traffic cameras. They will all be stolen in the first week.And, if you would want to buy one go to any local pawn shop.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

GOOD get The SOB'S

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9One_Who_Stayed(236 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

When exactly did we turn into Poland and Girard?

As far as I'm concerned, every City Council member that votes for this sham is GONE at the next election. I'd vote for a traffic cone before I'd vote for someone who voted for this idiot-ass idea.

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