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Morinville photo radar call begins

By: Kevin Ma

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 06:00 am

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Morinville town council has put out a call for a new photo enforcement contractor, and wants to hear from residents how to regulate whomever is hired.

Council signed off on its request for proposals for a new photo enforcement contractor last week. The document acts as a “help wanted” ad outlining what the town wants from a photo enforcement company.

The town’s contract with its current provider, Independent Traffic Services (ITS), is currently being renewed on a monthly basis.

The document is based on nine similar requests made by local communities and feedback from the town’s traffic safety advisory committee, said David Schaefer, the town’s director of corporate operations.

Any photo enforcement company can send in an application, he emphasized.

“It has not been written based on a current service provider,” he said, referring to ITS.

As the contract is worth more than $75,000, it is also regulated by the province’s Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) with B.C. and Saskatchewan.

Successful applicants will use technology that has been proven before Alberta courts and useable in low light conditions, Schaefer said – i.e. radar-capable, as laser does not work in low light.

“We’re looking for technology that’s kind of all-encompassing.”

The document also says that the provider should be able to provide red-light and stop sign enforcement – something not covered by the town’s current enforcement program.

Applicants must “meet and preferably exceed” all provincial regulations for photo enforcement, provide speed display signs and a local number for public inquiries.

The draft proposal initially required all applicants to provide a “turn-key” operation – one where they would do all their own administrative work.

When Coun. Stephen Dafoe noted that this would exclude the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, administration agreed to strike this requirement.

Council will pick a proposal this September, Schaefer said. If it doesn’t like any of them, it can turn them all down and set up its own in-house enforcement program.

Coun. Nicole Boutestein encouraged residents to come to the Higher Grounds coffee shop June 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to tell council how this new photo enforcement program should run.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re for or against it. We want to hear what you have to say on how we can improve it.”


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