CRESTVIEW — The installation of red light cameras in Crestview is complete. However, the city council has a few decisions to make before they go live.
City Clerk Elizabeth Roy said at the Nov. 26 council meeting Florida statutes require the city to enact a resolution determining the clerk for a hearing officer.
"I have been getting a lot of input on our cameras forth coming, and I want the best resolution we can come up (with) on this thing," Councilman Joe Blocker said.
The hearing officer is an attorney that acts on behalf the city when a driver contests the notice. Hearing officers typically have no ties to the municipality that hired them.
Roy said the city could hire the hearing officer from Gulf Breeze for $175 an hour, the same amount charged to the city of Gulf Breeze.
"He is an experienced hearing officer that is willing to take on that role," Roy said.
The Crestview Police Department will monitor the red light cameras, Roy said.
"Photo Enforced" signs are already present at the intersection of Ferdon Blvd. and Redstone Ave. and the intersection of Ferdon Blvd. and James Lee Blvd., U.S. Highway 90.
If caught running a red light, the driver will receive a Notice of Violation from the Crestview Police Department, which will include photo evidence. First month offenders will receive "warning" stamped on their notices. After the warning period has concluded, drivers will be required to pay a notice fee or contest the notice through a hearing process.
Drivers will not receive points on their license, but licenses can be suspended if they don't pay the fine.
The initial notice fee is expected to be around $150. Roy recommended to the city council a maximum $250 fee for violation if drivers contest the notice and are found guilty.
The city council is expected to decide on the hearing officer clerk, the hearing officer and the municipal fee at the Dec. 11 meeting.
The red light cameras are expected to be active by Jan. 1, 2019.