Cameras at the new Veterans Memorial Park are live, and city officials have a message for vandals: There is a zero tolerance policy for vandalism.
There was damage to the fence at the new splash park that will have to be repaired. Last week, someone knocked the mounting brackets for the restroom partitions in the women’s bathroom loose.
“We really spend a lot of time keeping the parks in good shape, and it’s really a shame that there is senseless vandalism,” said City Administrator Russell Rost. “We will have no tolerance for vandalism (as parks are paid for) with taxpayer money.”
Rost reminded citizens that outside of scheduled events such as a baseball game or pavilion rental, all city parks close at dusk.
The new camera shows a 360-degree angle of the park and facilities, with additional cameras to be installed in the next several months.
Last month, the board of aldermen approved the first phase of security camera installation with Tyco Integrated Security, a state contractor.
The total cost of Phase 1 of Veterans Memorial Park is $32,808, which includes installation of cameras and equipment that will provide an overview of the park.
Phase 2, estimated to cost $17,000, includes additional wiring and location specific cameras, also at the new park.
Both phases have been approved.
Another contract for wire installation was approved for $47,813, also with Tyco Integrated Security.
In addition to the agreement approved with Tyco, the city also is researching the possibility of installing cameras at the pool, the pavilion and replacing the existing camera system at the police department.