The Press Newspaper
A proposed bill with bi-partisan support in the Ohio Legislature would, if passed, ban the use of traffic cameras to detect red light and speed limit violations.
Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, and Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, are sponsoring House Bill 69.
Hood, in a statement on his website, said the traffic cameras are often installed “as a money-grab for local governments.”
Northwood City Council on May 9 will decide whether or not to keep automated photo speed and red light enforcement cameras at two intersections.
As of The Press’s deadline on Thursday, May 2, the vote is expected to be 4-3 against the cameras.
Northwood has funded numerous safety enhancement projects with revenue collected from automated photo speed and red light enforcement cameras installed at two intersections.
Since the cameras were installed in 2005, the city has collected a total of $989,699.18 in fines.
“There’s been a lot of good things done with this money,” said Police Chief Tom Cairl.
After encountering no opposition at two hearings held by the Ohio Power Siting Board, developers of a proposed natural gas-fired electric power plant in the City of Oregon will see how a draft permit issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency covering air emissions is received by the public.
An informational session to explain the permit and receive public comment is scheduled for May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 BayShore Rd., Oregon.
The Ohio Power Siting Board has authorized Oregon Clean Energy, LLC, to build a natural gas-fired electric generating facility on N. Lallendorf Road in the City of Oregon.
Todd Snitchler, board chairman, said the facility will add “much needed” generating capacity to northern Ohio.
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