GREEN LIGHT: Clive Cameras Turn On Monday

It’s been a month since the city of Clive decided to turn off the red light cameras along Hickman Road.

Thursday night, the city council voted to turn them back on citing financial reasons, but the decision won’t be permanent.

The cameras will be turned back on at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning and will stay on through the end of June 2014.

The decision was made with a 3 to 2 vote, an outcome city council member Eric Klein doesn’t agree with.

“It is my goal as well to turn the cameras off it is my goal to keep them off though not to restart them up for a year, I think that sends mixed messages to the citizens of Clive,” Klein told Channel 13.

But the council decided it was necessary to turn the cameras back on because the money the cameras generate, about $700-thousand a year, was already budgeted.

However, the contract will expire at the end of June and the council says they intend to remove the cameras for good.

Clive police chief Mike Venema has mixed reactions.

“The cameras are a more effective law enforcement tool and a tool in my tool box to help control driving behavior on our very busy city streets and I’m happy they’re turned on, and I of course wish we could continue the program because I do believe in its effectiveness,” Venema said.

In the revised deal, a ticket will cost drivers $100 with Clive getting $69 and camera operator, Redflex the remaining $31.

That’s an increase form the last contract where Clive was receiving much less per ticket.

City council member Ted Weaver says they need to consider other safety measures once the cameras are gone.

“Staff are directed to continue safety along the city’s transportation network including varies measures including lowering the speed limit, flashing yellow lights and any other measure we can take to help improve safety along our transportation network,” Weaver said.

Last year, 12,000 tickets were issued from the red light cameras.

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