Company offers traffic surveillance

ATTICA – Attica Village Council members listened Thursday night as Dorian Grubaugh, representing Optotraffic, explained his company’s specialty in speed enforcement. The company uses laser technology that activates cameras to take pictures of offenders.

The company uploads the information for law enforcement review and mails the notices. The company handles the financials and benefits by sharing 40 percent of the revenue created.

Optotraffic provides the equipment, maintenance and liability insurance on equipment, he said.

Police Chief Keith Turner stated cameras would allow his officers to patrol other areas. He presented Solicitor Rick Palau with an ordinance for a service agreement and a contract with Optotraffic.

Palau said he considers the program a money-making scheme. He noted there is pending legislation at the state level regarding liability.

He recommended the village not approve the agreement until the state settles its matter.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated all funds contain $856,662.89. She submitted her 2015 estimated budget for examination, with the hearing at 7 p.m. June 26.

Councilman Jeff Painter reported the Backroads Diner had a flooding problem last weekend from a sewer backup. The asked for help from village employees, but none were available.

Painter said he would like to see an employee on call for weekend emergencies. He also noted Tiger Treats had some flooding surrounding the business during the week and village employees were present.

These problems may be connected to a blockage in a 10-inch tile on North Liberty, Atlantic and High streets.

In other business, council:

Adopted an ordinance setting seasonal pay for pool employees and pool admission rates by a 5-1 vote.

Hired co-managers Brooke Hill and Kayla Zellner for the pool and lifeguard Tyrus DeBold.

Heard the Memorial Day parade begins at 10 am, Monday at the American Legion and marches to the fairground and ending at the cemetery for a ceremony.

Heard there is a joint ambulance district meeting at the firehouse June 11.

Heard the first reading of a resolution for the village’s intent to form an joint ambulance district with Venice and Reed townships.

Learned the cemetery board is seeking estimates for refurbishing the mausoleum.

Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. June 12.