Two weeks ago, it sat harmlessly in the fourth position of a modest City Council Consent Agenda. But at tonight’s City Council meeting, it has moved up in pole position and onto a more prominent list. The Authorization to renew the agreement with American Traffic Solutions for the Intersection Safety Program is the lead item on the Business Agenda.

In other words, the red light camera program will be discussed, debated, and ultimately voted on at tonight’s Apopka City Council meeting.

According to the Agenda Packet provided for the June 21st meeting, the current agreement is set to expire this year unless renewed by Council. The staff of the Apopka Police Department has been in negotiations with ATS and has modified the language in the agreement to enhance the terms and conditions of the services in the best interest of Apopka. ATS, the largest provider of such intersection safety programs in the state, has agreed to the new terms and has provided services adequately and responsively to Apopka’s needs over the last ten years of the agreement. Additionally, the infrastructure for the enforcement services and programmatic business rules between Apopka and ATS are in place. The system is managed in accordance with State Statute and court rules. Highlights of the renewal are:

  • Intersection approach costs are reduced from $4,750 to $4,250 per approach.
  • The contract may be terminated by either party for convenience after December 1st, 2018.
  • The contract may also be terminated without penalty if the program is prohibited by state law.
  • ATS will upgrade each existing approach with new technology.

According to the packet, APD Chief Michael McKinley recommends the City Council vote to renew the agreement between the City and ATS. However, Commissioner Kyle Becker expressed reservations at the previous meeting about the program and continues to have questions leading up to tonight’s agenda item.

“For me to make a fact-based decision on this topic, I need to see the data, the trends, and the financial impact of this program,” he said in a statement after the June 7th meeting. “If a benefit of the program is a decrease in violations, but crashes are increasing, is there truly a benefit? If violations decrease to the point the program then takes a loss financially, does the safety impact and the potential to reduce crashes then make it worth the investment from a public safety standpoint? These are all questions and conversations that need to take place, not anecdotally, but rather data-driven.”

Also on the agenda is the second reading for a temporary moratorium on medical cannabis dispensing in Apopka, six annexations, and three items related to the Apopka Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). There is also a 6 PM meeting of the CRA before the 7 PM City Council meeting.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’d like to see the Mayor and the Councilmen that promised to get rid of them during their campaigns honor their promises.

  2. Apopka residents who want the predatory for-profit red light camera racket gone from the city need to attend the meeting to speak and say NO MORE cameras.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  3. This is my take on the Apopka red light cameras: ATS executives have been indicted for in federal court in other states,Illionis one of them. If Apopka does business with crooks, I no longer wish to do business with Apopka. Your scam got me for $300 plus a day wasted in court,4 years ago,since them I have initiated my personal boycott to the city going on 6 year now. This is just an economic estimate of the lost business from me of this year alone: I have spoken to Apopka Home Depot to purchase a Window AC unit around $600, They had it in stock,so I grabbed my keys and then I remember, Apopka ripped me off with a red light ticket… Turned around drove away and bought it somewhere else . Today I have spoken to one the best Optometrists in the area, I was ready to schedule a $100 eye exam,until I saw the location,..No go, I will have to drive and find another one,perhaps Altamonte,it’s a longer drive but I do not have to deal with revenue collecting scams. Needed new brakes two weeks ago, I did not even looked at Apopka stores, got them somewhere else. The most expensive purchase they’ve lost from me few months ago was a new Transmission, yes I looked at the Apopka stores,same price shorter distance to drive,but I am no longer interested in doing business with Apopka merchants until they make the city understand that red light tickets, are a dishonest scheme,keep the cameras for accident recording if you wish,but as long as the city continue to issue red light tickets,you the merchants will be the ones affected.
    Reply

    • Go to the city website, record the emails of the elected officials, and send them a personal copy of this email – including your full contract information. Also include the emails of the community development department.

      James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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