Last night was an uneventful meeting in comparison. All of the recently re-elected candidates were sworn in. I was fortunate enough to have my lovely bride of 39 years at my side to celebrate the occasion. It was also noted that a metal detector was positioned at the front entrance to screen people entering the Council Chamber. This is a result of a group that wanted to bring guns to council meetings. It proved to be a non event last night.
One item of note was the issue of red light cameras. My personal opinion is that if a vote came up tomorrow to remove them from our city, I would support it. But since we do currently have them, and if you are caught on video running a red light, then I believe that you should pay the fine. I have been caught twice by these cameras and I paid the fine both times. I didn’t think that I ran a red light but the video showed without a doubt that I did. Therefore I paid the fines. If you do the crime, then pay the fine.
Last night we voted 9-0 to block car registration if you have outstanding red light fines. 37,000 people have outstanding warrants for red light violations. Although I don’t like the cameras, I cannot condone violating the law without some retribution. That is why I voted in favor of this ordinance change.