Brownwood City Council members will consider approving an agreement Tuesday that will put cameras at intersections to photograph license plates of red-light runners.
The council may approve an agreement with one of three companies, approved through purchasing cooperatives, according to an agenda briefing sheet.
The city will not pay for the camera installations, but the company installing the systems receives a portion of fines violators pay based on a contract rate for a five-year contract, a memo from Assistant Police Chief Garry Page states.
“The violation level on red lights is high in the city and is causing accidents,” Page’s memo states. “The cameras in other cities have cut red light violations by over 50 percent or better.
“ … This is a good program for the city because it will reduce the accident rate and could prevent a fatal accident, and the city will also have more money going into the general fund and this program will not require a police officer to monitor the red lights.”
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
3. Items to be withdrawn
4. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
5. Citizen presentations — To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item.
The citizen may request, or the council direct, the subject matter be formally placed on the next regular council agenda. All presentations may be subject to time limitations.
6. Approval of minutes
Regular meeting — Aug. 14, 2007.
Special called meeting — Aug. 16, 2007.
Special called meeting — Aug. 20, 2007.
Special called meeting - Aug. 21, 2007.
Special called meeting — Aug. 23, 2007.
7. Claims and accounts
8. Consent agenda
A. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings re: closures of an alley located between Block 2, Lots 1 and 2 and Block 3, Lot 1, Norvell Addition, and in Outlot 281.
B. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings re: adoption of the 2005 edition of the National Electric Code.
9. Requests and presentations
A. Request approval for barricades and street closures for Reunion celebration, walkers route, 5K run route and Feels Like Home Parade route.
10. Public hearings
A. Council to conduct a public hearing on the city’s proposed annual budget for FY 07-08. (This item, while on the agenda posted Friday, will be postponed, city officials have said.)
B. Council to discuss the tax rate for FY 07-08 and, if the proposed tax rate exceeds the effective tax rate, council may then schedule public hearings on the tax rate. Council may additionally take a vote for record on the proposal to consider a tax increase.
11. Agreements and contracts
A. Consider amending the agreement between South Hampton and the City of Brownwood to allow for extension of time for the Phase One development and to consider for allowing for R-2 development.
B. Consider the mayor’s signature on a contractd adopting the use of Photo Traffic Enforcement in compliance with Texas law, SB 1119.
C. Consider a community facilities agreement between WG-Brownwood 07, LP, and the City of Brownwood.
A. Consider awarding bid for the sale of city owned property at 3105 Fourth.
A. Mayoral appointment of a committee to meet with staff regarding potential housing projects.
A. General reports.
15. Executive session
The city council may convene into a closed executive session, pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings law, Chapter 551, Government Code Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated, in accordance with the authority contained in the following sections:
Section 551.071 - consultation with attorney
6. Action as a result of the executive session
A. Consider a resolution denying the request of ATMOS Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division for an annual gas reliability program rate increase.