Bellaire Moves Forward With Traffic Cameras

Soon, speeders driving through the village of Bellaire may find themselves getting a traffic ticket without even realizing they are in violation.

That’s because village council is moving forward with contracting with traffic camera company, BlueLine Solutions. Officers will use the handheld cameras to take pictures of the vehicles and license plates of those who are breaking traffic laws, such as speeding. However, the speeder won’t know they have received a citation until it arrives in the mail.

The company has touted its profit-making abilities for other municipalities in the region, such as East Liverpool. The village will get to keep 60 percent of the ticket money, while BlueLine keeps 40 percent. There is no cost to the village, said BlueLine salesman Robb Schwartz and owner and founder Mark Hutchinson, both of whom traveled from Tennessee to make the presentation to council on Thursday. Overtime incurred while using the cameras also will be paid by BlueLine.

“Speed kills and this will slow your people down,” Hutchinson, a retired police officer himself, said.

A related ordinance still must be written and approved by council before the village’s police department will begin using the handheld cameras.

Council also approved hiring a new contractor to replace the roof on the municipal building. Councilman Mike Doyle pitched hiring MEB for $109,000 on an emergency basis to replace the building’s roof, which has been leaking badly for several months.

Doyle said a portion of that cost includes replacing the concrete roof portion over the police department’s jail area.

In other matters:

∫ Council also approved a bid of $107,401 from Lash Paving to repave a portion of Belmont Street;

∫ hired Sue Bell to work as a part-time water operator for the village at a rate of $40 per hour;

∫ discussed possibly having a “drunk tank” at the police department to generate revenue for the village; and

∫ approved selling a lot on Birch Lane for $1,820, the county appraised value, to Adam Lucci. Councilman Gay Lucci abstained from voting on the sale because Adam Lucci is a relative of his. The village will retain its mineral rights.