Council Work Session
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Council Work Session
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COUNCIL WORK SESSION <br />June 26, 2017 <br />3:40 p.m. <br />Harold E. Getty Council Chambers <br />Members present: Morrissey, Powers, Amos, and Welper. Absent: Jacobs. Mr. Lind and Mr. <br />Schmitt arrived at 3:41 p.m. <br />Moved by Welper seconded by Amos that the Agenda, as proposed, be approved. <br />Objective: Discussion of Automated Traffic Enforcement contract and ordinance. <br />Dan Trelka, Chief of Police, provided an overview of the contract and ordinance. He explained <br />that he would like to model the ordinance after Cedar Rapids as there is an opportunity to work <br />with them on the appeals process. He explained that the ordinance would allow for speed <br />enforcement. The company, Gatso, has a hand held and speed trailer device that officers could <br />use for speed enforcement. The speed trailer would show citizens how fast they are going and <br />issue a ticket and the tickets do not going on the driving record. Citizens that are against the <br />program state that this is all about revenue. Chief Trelka acknowledged the cameras would <br />generate revenue and indicated that it could be used to fund more officers or tax relief. <br />Mr. Lind questioned why speed would be mentioned in the ordinance and questioned if it could <br />be removed and added later. <br />Dan Trelka explained that it could be added later on and that he does not like issuing tickets for <br />speed but believes it would be beneficial for officers to use the technology to write tickets. He <br />further explained that having speed cameras does impact the driving in the community. <br />Mr. Lind commented that he likes that the funds could be used for tax relief or adding officers. <br />Dan Trelka explained that he could use three more officers and a clerk for Tri -County Task <br />Force but would like to see what types of funds are coming in first. <br />Mayor Hart stepped out at 3:52 p.m. <br />Mr. Morrissey commented that in 2005, the Federal Highway Administration conducted a <br />nationwide study of the red light camera systems and found there were higher amounts of rear - <br />end accidents. He further questioned if the equipment would cause increased time that yellow <br />lights are running to help reduce incidences of rear ending. <br />Dan Trelka explained that there is an industry standard for the length of time the light would <br />remain yellow, but that city traffic engineers would evaluate that over time. He further <br />commented that though initially the number of rear -end accidents may rise, it is important to note <br />that rear -end crashes tend not to be as dangerous as T-bone collisions. <br />Mr. Morrissey questioned if a cost is applied to having equipment at 13 intersections. <br />Dan Trelka explained the threshold for the red light system and the comparative costs. <br />Mr. Schmitt questioned how the ticket price would be set. <br />Dan Trelka explained that the council would set the fee and that Gatso would take 30-40% of the <br />ticket cost and that he would recommend setting the price of the red light violation at $60-$70. <br />Mr. Schmitt commented that residents on Downing Avenue would love to have stationary <br />monitoring. <br />Mr. Powers questioned how the billing for the company works. <br />Dan Trelka explained it is directly billed to the offender. <br />Mr. Powers questioned if the city gets reporting data from the company. <br />
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