Newburgh Heights, Ohio
|Newburgh Heights, Ohio|
Neighborhood on Washington Park Boulevard
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.
|• Mayor||Trevor Elkins|
|• Total||0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)|
|• Land||0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||692 ft (211 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,135|
|• Density||3,736.2/sq mi (1,442.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|ZIP codes||44105, 44127|
|GNIS feature ID||1065145|
Newburgh Heights employs traffic cameras along the short stretch of Interstate 77 that runs through it. These cameras take a picture of the speeding vehicle and the registered owner of the vehicle is mailed a citation after the fact via USPS. The penalties are as follows:
MPH over speed limit and fine
30 or more $300.00
Ohio Supreme Court has twice ruled municipalities are permitted to use cameras. The State of Ohio has restricted municipalities' use of such devices and requires an officer to be present when the camera is in operation. Newburgh Heights is fully in compliance with Ohio law regarding use of cameras.
While the Ohio Supreme Court has rules municipalities are permitted to use cameras, new cases before it bring their use into question. On May 9, 2017, Rep. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican, introduced a package of bills that would ban traffic camera programs in small villages issuing a large number of citations. Patton said the camera programs are more about generating cash than improving safety. "Somebody telling me I'm making a mistake 30 days later doesn't help me correct my behavior," Patton said. "The police car out there reminds people what the speed limit is supposed to be."
The bills would:
- Ban traffic cameras in jurisdictions with fewer than 200 residents.
- Ban the cameras in jurisdictions without their own fire or EMT services.
- Limit a jurisdiction to issuing no more than two tickets for every resident.
- Prohibit a jurisdiction from collecting more than 30 percent of its total annual revenue from traffic camera tickets.
The Newburgh Heights Police Department has many unsubstantiated complaints on Facebook for this form of traffic enforcement.
Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins said his village issues about 300 speeding tickets per week from using its one hand-held camera. He said the system is safer than when officers pull over speeding drivers, and he disagreed with critics who might say the camera is a cash grab. "The people who are speeding are not victims," Elkins said. "They were breaking the law, and they got caught." In that article it was pointed out that Newburgh Heights issues an estimated 15,600 tickets per year from these devices which is 7.35 times larger than Newburgh Heights' population of 2,122 residents as of the 2013 census.
Mayor Elkins has stated publicly that he defends the use of the cameras and admits they generate revenue - a point he is directly quoted as saying he's not sorry about. In a 2016 interview with Cleveland Scene, he stated "We have 120-some-thousand cars traveling through this community every day," he says, "and no matter how aggressive we were, we just couldn't control speeds. This is a safety issue. Now, do I recognize that they generate revenue? Absolutely. Do I apologize for that? No." (Especially, Elkins says, because on I-77, where the speed limit is 60 mph, citations aren't issued until a vehicle hits 74 mph.)"
Newburgh Heights is surrounded on three sides (west, north and east) by Washington Heights Blvd, north of Harvard Avenue, and west of the Willow Freeway (I-77) at (41.450, -81.660).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,167 people, 958 households, and 536 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,736.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,442.6/km2). There were 1,145 housing units at an average density of 1,974.1 per square mile (762.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 79.1% White, 14.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.
There were 958 households of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.7% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.96.
The median age in the village was 37.2 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,389 people, 1,052 households, and 621 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,104.3 people per square mile (1,590.3/km²). There were 1,157 housing units at an average density of 1,987.7 per square mile (770.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.47% White, 3.14% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.
There were 1,052 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the village, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $37,409, and the median income for a family was $42,131. Males had a median income of $37,650 versus $24,969 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,636. About 9.2% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
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