By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The Town of Morinville’s controversial photo radar program is on Tuesday night’s council agenda, but this time it is not a delegation of irate residents who have been stung exceeding the posted limit set to do the talking. Council is being asked by administration for direction on extending the Town of Morinville’s contract with Independent Traffic Services Ltd. For the next two years.
A presentation was made by retired police officer Kevin Wedick during the June 14 meeting of council during which he voiced complaints against Independent Traffic Services (ITS) for what he and approximately 20 residents who came out to the meeting see as unethical practices in the operation of the Town’s photo radar. The resident complaints largely centred on issuing tickets in transition zones.
ITS began its contract with the Town of Morinville in 2009. In their background information to council, administration point out the program has been successful over the past two years, dramatically decreasing speeders through town and increasing safety by reducing speeders through school zones.
The current contract is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2011. Council is being presented two options for consideration Tuesday night: continue the contract with ITS for another two years or consider dropping the contract and taking on the duty of photo radar themselves, an option that would require significant capital investment for equipment as well as increased salaries for Community Police Officers (CPO).
More on the agenda
Also on Tuesday night’s agenda are the following highlights:
Second and third reading of Morinville’s Land Use Bylaw amendments
Community standards bylaw first reading
A notice of motion to implement a finance and audit committee for the Town of Morinville.
The public portion of Tuesday night’s council meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. MorinvilleNews.com will not be broadcasting this week’s council meeting because of a scheduling conflict.