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Canton schedules public education meetings for traffic cameras

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PHOTO: School zones, neighborhood streets, and dangerous intersections are slated to receive traffic enforcement cameras in 2009.
City officials, company representatives will answer questions

By Adam Herman
Released/Published: Dec 30, 2008

CANTON, Ohio — 

Mayor William Healy announced Tuesday that his office will be conducting four public education sessions to answer questions and debunk popular myths about traffic cameras the City of Canton plans to install next year.  The meetings, which will be held at different times on two separate days in January, are free and open to the public.

“There are a number of misconceptions and rumors right now regarding our proposed traffic camera system,” Healy said.  “But when talking with residents, I’ve found that if people learn exactly how these devices work, they become much more open to the idea.  It is my hope that all concerned individuals will make their thoughts known at these meetings so we can begin to discuss the system upon its merits instead of upon rumors and speculation.”


The four meetings, which are spread out geographically across the city, will be held at different times on two nights in January. The first two meetings will take place on Wednesday, January 14th.  The early meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship church at 1620 Clark Avenue S.W., with a later meeting to follow across town at Crenshaw Middle School at 7:00 p.m.  The first meeting on Wednesday is also co-sponsored by the SWING Neighborhood Association.

Two additional meeting locations have been scheduled for Thursday, January 15th.  The first, which will take place at the Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center on Sherrick Road, begins at 5:00 p.m.  The second meeting on Thursday will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the North Branch of the Stark County District Library, which is located at 189 25th Street N.W. near Malone University.

Healy said that representatives from Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., the City’s proposed vendor, will be on hand to answer technical questions and debunk popular myths about traffic enforcement systems.

Residents are encouraged to attend to air their opinions or simply learn more about the issue.  City Council approved a contract between the City and Redflex Traffic Systems earlier this month, though additional ordinances will be required before the proposed system may be installed. 

Those with questions about the scheduled meetings are asked to call the City of Canton Office of Public Safety at (330) 438-4305 to learn more.  To visit the City of Canton's online calendar, click here.




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