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City Council Set to Begin Evaluation of Traffic Camera Program Tonight

Council members must decide whether to renew the city's contract with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions by Dec. 1.

The Redmond City Council will begin its evaluation of the city's red-light and speed camera pilot program at a study session Tuesday evening.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at , 15670 NE 85th St. No public testimony is heard at study sessions, but a public hearing will be held once the council puts together a legislative proposal on the matter.

Council members must decide by Dec. 1 whether to continue the city's contract with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions.

This afternoon a King County Superior Court Judge will preside over a hearing on a that asks the county to order the city to turn in a petition that would put the camera program on the ballot.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle, Room W-864.

Check back with Redmond Patch for updates on both the hearing and the study session.

St Pete Driver October 11, 2011 at 01:07 PM
It should be obvious to them what they need to do, but they have shown by their past decisions they aren't the brightest bulbs in the box. I would expect those that vote in favor of continuing the ATS contract would have their political careers pretty much done with.
Stephen October 11, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Wonder why they don't want the public to "speak". Could it be that they IGNORED over 6K of them who DEMANDED A PUBLIC VOTER INITIATIVE ON IT! http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/35/3599.asp LET THE PEOPLE OF REDMOND VOTE ON THIS! FIGHT THE SCAM! www.banthecams.org
Catherine Wittel October 11, 2011 at 03:26 PM
"Study Sessions" never include public testimony. However, you can show up to any regular city council meeting and sign in to voice your opinion on any topic. The no public input rule applies to all study sessions, not just the one concerning red light cameras. I think the reason there is no public input at study sessions is because they allow public input at all regular meetings and the study sessions are intended for the council to discuss and "study" the issue. You can also email the mayor or council to voice your opinions.
Caitlin Moran October 11, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Catherine is correct--there is never public testimony at study sessions, regardless of the issue that's being discussed. A public hearing specifically on the camera program will be coming up once the matter goes on the regular city council meeting agenda (probably Nov. 1). I will post an update as soon as a date is finalized.

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