Elmwood Place Mayor may lose job over robo-cams

CINCINNATI - They stand like sentinels guarding the roads into the village, but to drivers the robo-cams of Elmwood Place are sometimes more of a thorn in their side.

"When I passed the cameras, I was doing about 40, and I got a ticket," Jerald Robertson said.

To add insult to injury, Robertson is on the village council.

"I've paid it," he said.

So have many of other people.

As of Nov. 4, the village secretary says the unmanned cameras have brought in $245,000.

But not everyone is willing to write a check just yet.

The village receptionist said the first administrative hearings are taking place this Saturday for those who want to contest their citations. However, Police Chief William Peskin says no hearings are scheduled for Saturday.

Whenever the meetings happen, cited drivers may have a lot to argue.

Many tickets were sent out saying the offense occurred in Elmwood Place, Maryland, not Ohio.

Some drivers who got multiple citations and wanted to fight them received a letter that seemed to say if they forego their hearing they only need to pay for one ticket.

Peskin's name was at the bottom of those letters. Peskin said he authorized Optotraffic, which owns the cameras, to send the letters on his behalf.

As before, Peskin refused to go on camera, only saying the letter is a mistake and the drivers owe for each citation. "Anyone can make a mistake," he said.

"I don't understand it either," said Robertson, who has had his fill of management problems and bad publicity coming from the cameras.

He's putting the blame at the feet of Mayor Morgan.

"I plan on asking the mayor to resign at our next council meeting," he said.

He says that meeting is next Tuesday.

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