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January 22, 2014

Traffic camera plan scrutinized

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Tonawanda News — “You don’t want it to be an ambush,” he said.

A $50 fine would be attached to the license plate and would not add any points to a driver’s license.

Samuel stressed that the program will not cost the city. If there is a deficit in violations and profits at the end of the contract, it will be wiped out, he said.

He also noted that the company does not change yellow light timing to increase its profits.

“It’s unfair to the motorists,” he said. “The timing is set by the Department of Transportation and the City of Tonawanda.”

An informational meeting with Redflex representatives may be held at the end of February.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The council passed a resolution in support of St. Francis school remaining open. Last week, the Buffalo Diocese announced the school would be one of 10 to close at the end of the year. 

“They have been a fixture of this community for more than 100 years, and losing them would be a shame,” Mayor Rick Davis said. “If need be, we as city officials will sit down with the school officials and the diocese to discuss ways to keep St. Francis open.”

• The council discussed a resolution on food trucks for 2014. The proposed resolution states that food trucks must be 100 feet away from the main entrance of a restaurant, and the annual cost of the license will be $250 for one truck and one employee. Additional employees will cost $25, and a second truck from the same company will cost $100. 

• The council met with proposed Little League Drive developer Natale and Simmers Crane in an executive session.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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