Heath residents petitioned to have their peers vote on whether to keep traffic-enforcement cameras in place.

Heath residents petitioned to have their peers vote on whether to keep traffic-enforcement cameras in place.

The issue is listed on the Nov. 3 ballot as a vote "to limit the use of photo-monitoring devices to detect certain traffic-law violations."

The issue has been one of contention since the cameras were turned on in June.

Heath City Council voted in December 2008 to install cameras along Hebron Road at Putnam Road, Heath Road, Irving-Wick Drive, Hopewell Drive and Coffman Boulevard and at 30th Street and Andover Road. Warnings were sent to violators after cameras began working in June, but the 30-day warning period ended June 30, and violation notices of fines were mailed to offenders as of July 1.

Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. installed the cameras and sends the violations after each is reviewed by Heath police officers. Violations are civil and carry a $100 fine. The violation fine is split between Heath and Redflex. Redflex received $31 of each of the first 150 violations and now receives $21 for each violation.

The cameras track drivers' speeds and red-light violations.

Residents have accused city officials of increasing the city's revenue stream via violation notices.

City officials say they installed the cameras to increase safety.

Statistics from the city show the number of violations has decreased, and Mayor Richard Waugh and council members stand by the decision to install cameras.