St. Peters has reached an agreement to terminate its contract with the firm that ran the city’s red-light camera traffic enforcement program.
Mayor Len Pagano announced the agreement at the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Feb. 26. Pagano said the city and Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., the Arizona-based company that provides the cameras, had come to terms in the last 24 hours before the meeting.
“Our contract will be permanently terminated effective July 1, 2015,” Pagano said.
The cameras have not been operating since Sept. 1 of last year after the aldermen voted in August to suspend the city’s use of red light cameras.
Pagano said the cameras will remain turned off until the contract ends on July 1. The city has been negotiating a termination agreement with Redflex for several weeks and expects to have a signed agreement by the end of March, he said.
“Red light cameras are over in St. Peters,” said City Administrator William Charnisky after the meeting. He said the cost of removing the cameras will be the company’s responsibility.
“The city has no more expenses in regards to the contract; the city is just coordinating when they (the cameras) will come down this summer,” Charnisky said. “It’s a mutual separation.”
“They (Redflex) have been an excellent company to work with, they have been understanding of our situation,” he said. “The fact that they are letting us out of this contract a year early is pretty good on their behalf.”
The announcement came after the board voted 5-0, with aldermen Jerry Hollingsworth (Ward 2) and Donald Aytes (Ward 4) absent, to approve a resolution authorizing Charnisky to negotiate a termination agreement.