The agenda item on Monday notes that 25 starting points have been selected. Board member Emanuel Remy said work is underway to obtain permanent cameras.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – At a meeting Monday, Columbus City Council members will consider approving funding for temporary lighting and security camera systems in city parks following recent violent crimes.
The decision will release $ 500,000 to enter into an agreement with Stree Smart Rentals, LLC to lease temporary lighting and security camera systems at 25 locations. Places in the decree are not specified.
10TV contacted the city’s recreation and parks department to get a list of venues.
On Sunday, 10TV spoke with Columbus City Council member Emanuel Remy. He is the chairman of the committees of administration, environment and public safety.
Remy said the cameras will be mobile and can be placed in different locations if needed. “We want to make sure our neighborhoods, our neighbors, our residents feel comfortable and safe entering our parks,” Remy said.
Remy said adding these security measures will help obtain evidence and make arrests if something happens.
“Sometimes when you see this blue light and this camera that the neighborhoods see because they have high definition, it can hold you back and make you go the other way,” he said.
Remy said that if the decree is voted on and approved, the lights and security cameras can be delivered in just three weeks after the contract is signed. He told 10TV that work on permanent cameras is underway in August.
Shootings took place in four city parks this year, the most recent May 14 in Vineland Park resulting in an 8-year-old girl being injured.
May 4A 19-year-old man was killed and a 17-year-old was injured in Westgate Park.
April 23A 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Nafzger Park on April 23.
On the same day, A 20-year-old woman was also killed in Saunders Park. A pregnant woman was also injured in the shooting.
“There is a need to immediately install temporary lighting and camera systems in city parks that are of concern to the public and the police department. These lights and camera systems will increase the police department’s ability to actively monitor city parks. will help detain the suspects, ”the ruling reads.
The ordinance says the Department of Public Safety is also requesting a waiver of rates because it was believed that Stree Smart Rentals was the only company capable of installing equipment within the city’s time limits.
The installation deadline was not specified in the agenda item.
On May 16, Mayor Andrew Ginter said he was disappointed with the recent shootings, but said the parks were still a safe place for a family vacation.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginter says he is disappointed with the recent shootings, but says parks are a safe place for a family vacation.
“It is very important for us to be vigilant in each other’s security issues. The city and our security are worth fighting for, ”Ginter said.