The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved new rules that would give state transportation officials control over whether speed and red light cameras are placed by cities and counties on state supervised highways and interstates.
D-O-T director Paul Trombino says the rules approved Tuesday would require local agencies to show cameras are targeting "documented high-crash or high-risk locations."
They would have to justify renewal every year:
Trombino says some cities are using safety as a cover to collect revenue from the cameras:
Local officials have criticized the rules, saying the state is taking away local control. Many insist the cameras make roads and intersections safer.
Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids have cameras on interstates that would be regulated by the new rules.
The rules must go through another public hearing with a legislative committee before finalization.
THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD HAS VOTED TO CLOSE WHITTIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT THE END OF THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR.
THE BOARD VOTED 6-1 TO CLOSE THE 111 YEAR OLD SCHOOL IN MORNINGSIDE. PAUL SPEIDEL WAS THE ONLY BOARD MEMBER TO VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.
BOARD PRESIDENT MIKE KRYSL SAID THE CLOSING IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE STUDENTS, AS 21ST CENTURY FACILITIES WILL ENHANCE 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION.
BOARD MEMBER JACKIE WARNSTADT SAID A NEW SCHOOL WOULD PRESENT BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. MANY OF THE WHITTIER STUDENTS WILL ATTEND THE NEW WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHICH IS SET TO OPEN IN THE FALL OF 2015.
KRYSL SUGGESTED THAT AN EQUAL NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS FROM THE WASHINGTON AND WHITTIER DISTRICT FORM A NAMING COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL.
SOME WHITTIER PARENTS SAY IT'S UNFAIR TO ALLOW WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY TO KEEP ITS NAME, EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEING BUILT ON THE SAME SITE AS THE ORIGINAL WASHINGTON SCHOOL, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1921.