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The Suburbanite
  • Mayor pulls controversial traffic camera proposal

  • Citing a lack of support from City Council, Mayor William J. Healy II is halting his effort to have red-light and speed cameras installed in the city. Healy said he will not ask council to vote Monday on his proposed changes to the controversial plan.

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  • The mayor is abandoning plans to post traffic cameras at some school zones and intersections.
    “It appears to me the (City Council) votes are not there to get it through council at this point in time,” said Mayor William J. Healy II, following a Finance Committee meeting earlier tonight.
    “If council’s not on board, then this program won’t go forward,” he said.
    Healy said his proposed changes to the controversial traffic-camera plan will not be placed on Monday night’s council meeting agenda for a vote.
     Healy had proposed limiting the plan to eight cameras in the first 12 months of the program and earmarking traffic violation revenue from the program to community policing, crime surveillance cameras and other safety programs.
    A majority of the 12 council members recently had voiced opposition or strong concerns about the plans, citing negative public opinion for the cameras.
    Redflex Traffic Systems was the proposed camera vendor.