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Huff: Council Surprised by Speed Camera Contract

Freshman Republican says he still opposes the cameras but "I can't fight them any more."

The appearance of a new speed camera contract apparently came as a surprise to many council members Thursday night.

"We were all together at the (Maryland Association of Counties) conference when we heard about it last night," said Councilman Todd Huff, a Timonium Republican. "We all looked at each other in complete and total shock."

The council will hold a hearing on the contract next Tuesday. The would add seven new speed cameras to the current 15 and seven new red light cameras to the current eight within five months of council approval.

The county could also add an additional four cameras in the first five-year term of the contract.

The contractor would be paid about $6.2 million in the first five years. Two additional one-year extensions could bring the total compensation to about $9.1 million.

Huff spoke by phone while returning from Cambridge, MD Friday. He said he and his colleagues were unaware that the contract was scheduled to be brought to them next Tuesday until they began getting calls from reporters.

Huff and fellow Republican Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall resident, voted last year against a bill allowing the county to install an unlimited number of speed cameras.

"I haven't changed my view point on the cameras one bit," said Huff. "But I can't fight them any more. I just want to make sure that no general fund money, no taxpayer money funds that program. I want to make sure the program is not upside down."

Huff said his council office has been flooded with calls opposing the new contract.

"Nobody in my district wants them," said Huff. "(County Executive Kevin Kamenetz) isn't going to win any prizes for this deal."

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Pat Crum January 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Does Councilman Todd Huff really exist?
lemmy winks January 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Councilman Huff is inept and unresponsive. He is quoted as saying that he was "shocked" by the speed camera contract. Wasn't he similarly shocked by the "double dipping" pension exposed by the Sun. Why has he said or done nothing on that issue?? As for his character, he was seen (and overheard) at a Holiday party in Towson obnoxiously berating his staff, to the point that other party-goers had to intercede. Just the kind of elected official the County needs!
Pat Crum January 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Inept and unresponsive is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this Councilman. He responds to nothing sent to him nor does his staff. Let's hope he's only there for a short while. We do not need representatives like him in this area or any area.
K. Davis January 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I have always found his staff to be pleasant, responsive and helpful.
Annette May 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
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