Kurt, you don't believe that 12 mph buffer is going to remain 12 mph, do you? The city administration, and the Optotraffic folks, have tasted the good life - easy money in large quantities. Do you think they won't cut the 12 mph unwritten rule back to 10? Then 8? 5? Don't forget, it's a $100 windfall for 1 mph over the speed limit, same as it is up to 13 mph.
Here, Kurt (and the other sheep who bleat "just slow down!"), read this: https://www.yahoo.com/autos/bp/review...
September 21, 2015 at 7:20 a.m.
So remember this when the YSU administration cries about not having any money and demands cuts. They're saying - Abrams said it outright - that senior, experienced employees add value that the younger, cheaper employees cannot. All the self-described capitalists around here, who believe employees are just another expense, should take a lesson.
September 21, 2015 at 7:04 a.m.
If they want to use the claim that they want to modify driving behaviors on 680 or wherever, it's hard to make that claim when you don't receive any correction at the time of the infraction. It's harder to make that claim when the city sends multiple tickets for incidents just minutes apart. With a real cop issuing a real ticket, no driver is going to get multiple tickets. With this system, the cynical would observe that it truly is all about the money. And as you point out, that would result in a PR nightmare.
I'll give you that a relatively slow speed limit is a good idea on the part of 680 between South Ave. and Mahoning Ave. That's where the tighter curves and closely spaced entrance and exit ramps are. But west of that, and certainly west of the 711 connector, the speed limit really needs to be raised to 65, as it is beyond Meridian Rd.
September 20, 2015 at 7:55 a.m.
Do the taxpayers have any say at all, by any means, regarding how their tax money is wasted? Does anyone at all think for one moment this thing is going to pass this time? How about if the group bringing this dead horse issue to the voters for a FIFTH time be required to pay the expenses of putting it on the ballot?
And you're right, Dagwood. I'd like to see the public get to vote on whether we want those illegal cameras.
September 18, 2015 at 7:19 a.m.
So now, five weeks after the quarterly test, the city water department is going to notify people BY MAIL that they were exposed to excessive amounts of chemicals in their water. I'd have thought an immediate press release would have been the way to go here.
September 18, 2015 at 7:14 a.m.
Michael - what about Welfare and food stamps and so on? You're the kind of person those are intended for. The help is out there. You just have to apply yourself.
As for the city - giving the green light to panhandlers isn't exactly going to help bring more people downtown. Nobody wants to be pestered. The law requiring nonaggression from panhandlers and restricting them from private property is laughable in its unenforceability. The city needs to tell the ACLU to go pound salt.
September 17, 2015 at 7:22 a.m.
To Commissioner Coates: You can't eliminate all overtime. It's federal law. The Fire Department doesn't operate 9 - 5 like an office job. Do you really want them to look at their watches in the middle of putting your house out, and saying, "We have to quit. We're about to go on overtime."??
But how is it that the city has $460K laying around in inactive funds because someone with Commissioner Coates' qualifications isn't keeping up on where the money is? You'd think a CPA would be on top of these things, instead of wanting to do things that are illegal.
September 17, 2015 at 7:09 a.m.
So it's a $100 fine for up to 13 mph over the speed limit, but they don't send citations for less than 12 mph over the limit. If you're going 2 mph more than the lowest threshold for receiving a ticket, you get to pay the next higher fine - $125.Why even bother with the lower fine if there's only a 1 mph range in which to get it?
And I still say these civil citations are going to end up being ruled illegal, just like the unmanned traffic cams, because there's no way to prove who is actually driving the car.
September 15, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.
The more we learn about this money-grab scheme, the less I like it. According to previous articles, the city doesn't even know how much money it's due. It simply takes what Optotraffic sends them.
Who the heck is minding the store?
September 15, 2015 at 6:53 a.m.
Wait - WHAT??? "City officials tried Friday to contact Optotraffic of Lanham, Md., which is processing the tickets and keeping 35 percent of the fees, to get a breakdown of citations and warnings, but were unable to get that." Are you saying Youngstown doesn't even know how many tickets they gave, or HOW MUCH MONEY THEY'RE DUE?? And that Optotraffic is blowing them off??
David, you know better than to let things of this nature go by unchallenged. I'd expect it from certain other people there, but not you.
September 12, 2015 at 7:21 a.m.