Bazetta considers speed cameras

BAZETTA — Having seen what communities such as Howland and Liberty have done, Bazetta officials are considering implementing speed cameras in the township.

Trustee Chairman Ted Webb said at Tuesday’s meeting the board will hold an informational meeting 9 a.m. March 27 at the township hall with a representative of Blue Line Solutions, which provide Howland with its cameras.

Webb said the township has a lot of traffic off Elm Road and coming off the bypass in the area of Walmart, where there are many businesses. He said the township only has 6,000 residents but gets a million vehicles traveling through it each year.

“We are looking into this. A lot of surrounding communities have the cameras, like Girard and Howland. I want to hear how they went about doing this,” Webb said, noting he will discuss it with Howland Trustee Jim LaPolla at the next Council of Governments meeting.

Trustee Frank Parke said he also will speak to Central District Court Judge Thomas Campbell to see what he thinks of the speed cameras since they would not be handled by the court and take some money away from the court.

Cameras are held by an officer and record a speed and then violations with a fine are mailed out to the drivers by the company.

In other business, trustees:

l Are continuing negotiations on new contracts with the five full-time road workers of Teamsters Local 377 whose contract expired Dec. 31, and nine full-time firefighters who are members of International Association of Firefighters Local 3703 whose contract expires March 31;

l Accepted the resignation of Joel Davis as information technology (IT) specialist and also from the road department;

l Received a $5,000 Walmart community grant for the police department for such equipment as guns and holsters. A $1,000 Walmart grant also was accepted by the fire department for upgrades to the accountability system;

l Approved an amendment to the zoning code to prohibit all dumping in the township. Previously some dumping was allowed under certain circumstances.