Puyallup will keep its red-light cameras. The City Council on Tuesday approved a five-year extension of the city’s contract with its camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions.
The vote was 4-3, with council members John Hopkins, John Knutsen and Tom Swanson against.
Hopkins said he wanted to see the council agree to dedicate the revenue from the cameras to intersection safety projects. That idea may be raised when the council begins discussing the 2013 city budget later this year.
The council’s contract approval Tuesday wasn’t a surprise.
In March, some council members balked at the proposed five-year extension and asked for a study session to talk more in depth. But during and after that study session, held last month, a majority of the council’s seven members indicated they were leaning toward continued support of the cameras.
The city has used cameras since 2008; today, they’re at six intersections.
Also Tuesday, the council talked briefly about electronic dog leashes, following a presentation from Jason Wilson of Metro Animal Services. Wilson said his agency, which provides animal control for seven communities, including Puyallup, and is operated by the City of Sumner, doesn’t want to see the city change its leash rules to allow electronic leashes in lieu of traditional ones.
Concerns include that electronic leashes don’t provide enough control, require significant training to be effective and can have reliability issues, he said. They also pose perception problems, namely that it’s not obvious to enforcement officers and the public that they’re in use, Wilson said.
Under existing city code, dogs must be on leashes in public places. However, the code doesn’t specify what constitutes a leash.
While there didn’t seem to be much, if any, support on the council Tuesday for allowing electronic leashes in place of traditional ones, members did ask city staff to bring back language for strengthening the city’s leash rules.