The practice of creating traffic tickets on a computer which was first introduced in May to the board of aldermen meeting may soon begin.
At the earlier meeting, City Administrator Harold Selby reported that a new computer program would enable officers to enter vehicle information into a computer in the squad car that would be connected to city hall where traffic tickets will be printed.
The information in the computer would then become part of the court record, freeing the court clerk from entering the tickets in the computer.
Selby said the practice would save the city approximately $700 just by not buying blank tickets. More importantly, he said, it offers a safety factor of the officer not standing on the roadside handwriting tickets.
The city recently received three bids to implement the paperless tickets with the lowest bid from a Pacific firm, Giles Technology, located at 314 W. St. Louis St.
Selby noted that some bids did not include equipment, but the Giles bid also included all equipment.
Police Chief Matt Mansell said he was pleased with the Giles proposal, noting that it was exactly as the state bid, but with a lower price.
“If we have a problem we can drive to his door and he’ll run out and fix,” Mansell said.
Giles Computers owner Noah Giles, who was present at the meeting, thanked the city for including him in the bid process.
“I believe we’ll do a better job than anyone,” he said.
Selby said he would bring a technical services contract to the next board meeting asking for approval to issue a contract.