Council: Video surveillance not worth cost
June 25. 2013 12:42PM
Dell Rapids City Councilors decided against equipping the public park and parking lot with surveillance cameras after they learned what it would cost.
After a few vandalism complaints in both places earlier this spring, the council directed city administration to review the feasibility of purchasing remote surveillance in May.
City Administrator Justin Weiland told the council at its meeting Monday, June 17, the cost of placing two cameras in the City Park and one in the public lot at the 300 block of east 3rd Street would cost more than five grand, according to bids received from two different security companies.
When it became clear that the council thought the cost was too high, Dell Rapids Finance Officer LeAnn Kerzman suggested placing motion-sensor lighting in the park bathrooms might deter vandals.
“Even if you’re an officer driving by, you can see if there’s somebody in the bathroom because the lighting is on,” she said.
In regard to the vandalism in the parking lot, Councilor Paul Miles said he’s noticed a change in behavior among the youth who hang out there of late.
“As far as garbage and stuff in the parking lot down there, I’d say four out of five mornings I drive through and … you don’t see much,” he said. “You might see a pop bottle.”
Councilor Lee Burggraff said if Joe Weinacht of Virg’s Service, the business that abuts the parking lot to the west, continues to have problems with vandalism or other criminal activity on or near his property, it should be up to him to remedy that with surveillance, not the City.
“I got robbed, I put up a security system to monitor my property,” he said. “This isn’t any different.”
Councilor Gary Haak agreed.
“I know the business is having some problems, but I feel that’s their responsibility,” he said. “If there is no vandalism going on (in the parking lot), I don’t know why we have to spend the money to put a camera up.”