Grantville: Improved parks need added security

by W. Winston Skinner

Grantville has been busy improving its recreation areas – and now additional security is needed.

The city is near completion on its splash park on Post Street, which also has a community building and a picnic area. The public library, ball fields and a historic log cabin are nearby.

At the Griffin Street Park, longtime Grantville Recreation Board members Mary Elder and Ruby Hines spent some time on a recent morning. Both are proud of the handicapped accessible water fountains, the fence at the street and restrooms at the community center.

Michelle Huffstickler, the city’s new recreation director, recommended at the council meeting this past Monday that the city purchase security cameras for both parks. In an April 23 memo, Huffstickler wrote: “With the addition of the splash park and the public restrooms on Griffin Street, security cameras will be needed to monitor park activity, deter vandalism and add security to the parks.”

She estimated cost for security cameras at both parks at $5,810. The council did not take action on the issue, but set a meeting of the streets and public works committee to examine the security issue.

That meeting will be held Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Glanton Municipal Complex.

At last week’s council meeting, Councilman David Riley expressed a sense of urgency. “I’d like to have it as soon as possible. Already, we’ve had damage at the Griffin Street Park,” he said.

Mayor Jim Sells said he would like to talk with a representative from ICA, Inc. before making a decision.

“I’ve got 10 questions for the provider. I’d really like to talk to him,” Sells said. The mayor wanted to know if the system would come with an Internet feed and if the cameras could be moved to different locations.

“I want cameras that can be moved,” Sells said. Riley said he would like to see a live feed from the splash park on the city’s website.

“They may be providing everything we want,” Sells said. “It’s a pig in a poke without being able to talk with the provider.”

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