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.
Zoning amendment on plan commission agenda
The Wood County Planning Commission on May 7 will consider a request to amend the Webster Township zoning resolution and allow a propane distribution business to operate under a conditional use in an agricultural district.
The parties in a lawsuit filed by the City of Northwood against the owner of the Woodville Mall are to meet next week to schedule a pretrial hearing.
The city filed a nuisance abatement complaint in January in Wood County Common Pleas Court seeking to have the deteriorating structure torn down.