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Board Tables Red-Light Ordinance 'Indefinitely'

Citing a need for more information, the board tabled a proposed change to the city's red-light ordinance.

The red-light laws in St. Peters won't be changing any time soon. 

Thursday night the board was supposed to vote on a proposed change to the current red-light ordinance, but instead the board unanimously agree to table to motion indefinitely. Mayor Len Pagano said the city just needed more information before deciding the fate of the ordinance.

"We're not getting a clear message," Pagano said. 

Pagano said there was some confusion among the board members about what direction to take on the issue. That, combined with the absence of city attorney Randy Weber from the meeting, led the board to table the issue.

"It was brought up at the last meeting and there was just some discomfort with the board," Pagano said. 

A no vote would have killed the ordinance, while tabling it allows the board to take it off the table and have discussion at a later date. 

"[The cameras] have been in effect since 2004, so it's not a new thing," Pagano said. "We're just waiting on more information."

Pagano told the crowd at the meeting before the public comments portion of the meeting that the board was going to consider tabling the item. One resident still spoke up and encouraged the board to not approve the change. 

Fred Oompahloompah April 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM
An old Trick! Table the issue until the opponents to the bill are gone or not paying attention, then BAM, they slip it through.
Be April 12, 2013 at 07:23 PM
ANYTHING THAT CAUSES THIS MUCH CONFLICT AND DISCOMFORT TO THE CITIZENS OF SAINT PETERS SHOULD BE REMOVED --- Take the camera lights out of St. Peters, but leave the yellow signals all 60 if you are so concerned about the safety of our citizens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! B
Fred Oompahloompah April 12, 2013 at 08:00 PM
But there is no $$$$$$ if they do that! Safety? We don't need no stinking safety! We need tattoos & pesos my Amigos!
Dan Rakers April 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Fred, I promise to keep an eye on them. I hope you will too.
Carole Paul April 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
The Mayor and BOA made the right move last night. They read the e-mails you all sent them. I think the residents changed their minds, at least for now. I'm very happy they decided to check things out further. Personally, I think ticketing the tag is unconstitutional.
Fred Oompahloompah April 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM
A study into the demographics as to who is getting caught by these red light cameras! How many own the cars that are caught, how many are driving someone else's car and the relationship of the driver to the owner. It was brought to my attention that a lot of these light busters are teenagers driving their parents cars. Is it possible that an upside to this ordinance would be to put pressure on a parent if they are ticketed and suffer consequences of their child's reckless and dangerous behavior. Nothing like parents getting slapped for something their kids do to bring the Rath O God down on their precious off spring. Another by product of this ordinance would be that owners would think twice about who they lend their cars to if the owner is held responsible for a borrowers poor diving habits/abilities. Hmmm, maybe I should not let heavy foot Hana, texting Tina, druggie Doug or Old Drunk Joe drive my car anymore. Carole, do you think if these concerns where brought to the BOA, that their confusion and foggy thinking would be cleared up or is it still a money grab?
Burke Murphy June 06, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Is there an organization fighting this? These politicians should be ashamed of themselves. This is solely for revenue generation.

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