CAMERA CLASH: Windsor Heights To Sue

The Iowa State Department of Transportation is putting the brakes on a plan by Windsor Heights to add speed cameras on I-235.  But the fight doesn’t end there.  The City of Windsor Heights plans to sue the state over the issue.  Windsor Height’s Police Chief Dennis McDaniel says the DOT turned down the proposal and is not giving the City a chance to contest the decision.  “The answer that we recently received from the DOT is that we don’t have a right to appeal.” McDaniel said, “We also don’t have a right to a contested case hearing and that they formally denied our application for a speed enforcement system so at this point the only course of action the City has is to pursue some sort of judicial review.”

But DOT director Paul Trombino says the lines of communication are still open. “The partnership I’m advocating is still there.” he says, “We want to work with the community as we unfold the project, as we try to find what we think is the right solution for that area.”

The City has not yet filed the lawsuit.  The police chief expects it to be filed in the next few weeks.

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