Voters in another city besides Cleveland could get to decide whether their community keeps or gets rid of traffic cameras.
MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Voters in another city besides Cleveland could get to decide whether their community keeps or gets rid of traffic cameras.
Anti-camera residents in Maple Heights have turned in enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Cameras just went up this summer.
Money they would raise are part of a financial recovery plan the cash-strapped city to prepared for the state to avoid being put on fiscal emergency.
But many residents feel the cameras went up without enough public input. And some argue the ticket fines are a great burden on already hard-pressed citizens.
City Council still must take action to put the measure on the ballot. But that can't happen fast enough to make the November ballot.
The city's law director is advising council not to approve the measure, arguing that the city's charter intends for ten percent of the electorate to sign petitions instead of 15 percent of the last election.
Only 526 valid names are needed to make the ballot.
Council originally okayed he cameras by a vote of 7 -0 .
September 3, 2014: Will Maple Heights get a say on traffic cams? WKYC-TV