Mayor White's not going to be happy

KHOU-11's Doug Miller reports (via Audioblog) that MayorWhiteChiefHurtt's plan to install red-light cameras will be delayed. With a contract awaiting approval, a City Council committee instead has referred the matter back to the White Administration for reasons Miller discusses in an audioblog here. Basically, the process will start over and companies will have to submit bids again.

Mayor White surely won't be happy that those pesky other elected municipal officials put the brakes on one of his initiatives, even if only temporarily.

UPDATE: KHOU has now posted text for the story to the website. KHOU is increasingly beating everyone in town with their use of the web to cover local news.

UPDATE 2: Chron.com posts a blurb from Alexis Grant.

ANNE ADDS: From KUHF-88.7:

[The mayor] says one of his concerns is that a new contract selection could delay the red light plan by weeks or months.

"I'd like to make sure that our citizens are safer as soon as I can. But -- you know -- I also know that we do have public procurement processes, this is the first time that we've done something like this, there's a lot of people that are lobbying hard behind the scenes and we need to make sure that the process is as fair as possible."

We all know how to properly translate that: The City of Houston is losing money! Lots and lots of money!

This is really not a fine way to end MayorWhiteChiefHurtt's week.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 03/03/06 01:25 PM | Print |

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