Girard speed camera revenue to fund portion of 2017 street paving
By Sarah Lehr
Some of the revenue from a controversial speed-camera program will fund the paving of additional roads this year.
The city will spend no more than $332,000 in camera revenue on streets that will be selected once bids come back to the city.
In 2016, Girard collected more than $400,000 from the camera.
Because the city adopted the program midyear and began issuing citations in August, 2017’s intake is slated to be much greater than last year.
The city operates the camera in partnership with Blue Line Solutions of Athens, Tenn. The private company collects 60 percent of revenue, and Girard collects 40 percent.
Currently, 40 percent of the city’s take goes to streets and sidewalks, 30 percent goes to the general fund and 30 percent goes to the police department.
That could change, as council is set to vote on redistribution of the camera revenue at its next regular meeting April 10. City Auditor Sam Zirafi has urged council to send more money to the general fund to offset a deficit. The general fund, which is essential because it can subsidize other funds, ended the year $114,347 in the red.
In addition to the streets that will be paved thanks to speed-camera fines, the city will be paving 12 more streets in 2017 as part of a separate program.
Sections of South Elruth Street, North Market Street, Broadway Avenue, Gary Avenue, Cherry Street, South Stewart Avenue, Powers Way, Taylor Avenue, Earl Street, Harry Street, South Market Street and North Elruth Street will be paved using $257,500 in city money and $164,600 from the Ohio Public Works Commission.