Denver park to get more surveillance cameras
BY ALICE HUMMER, Correspondent
The camera-surveillance system in Denver Memorial Park will be expanded, following approval April 8 by borough council.
Total cost will be $12,076, with the recreation board paying $6,182 and the park association paying $5,894.
The expanded system provide surveillance of the War Memorial, restroom area, skate and bike park and the basketball court. The work will occur in two phases.
Council asked borough manager Mike Hession to check on costs for an additional camera to capture areas of recently reported destructive behavior to park facilities. Additional police surveillance also was requested.
"I will reiterate what I've always said to the officers," East Cocalico police Chief George Beever, said. "Pay particular attention to the community's parks, churches and cemeteries."
Council members requested that residents not hesitate to call the police when they see inappropriate behavior in the park.
In other news, the popular North Fourth Street Playground could be redeveloped if Denver's request for a matching grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is approved.
Local contributors to the project would include the Denver Recreation Board, the borough, the Cocalico Baseball Organization, Denver Memorial Park Association and the Shade Tree Commission.
If the state grant is approved, the outdated playground equipment will be replaced with a multi-piece playground unit for children ages 5 to 12. The project also would include a playground area border; macadam paving for off-street handicapped parking and an accessible walkway from the sidewalk.
Related site improvements that have been proposed include a 95-foot-long split-rail fence, three benches, one waste receptacle, one rain garden to collect stormwater runoff and planting arborvitae trees and a maple tree.
In other business:
n Council members asked Beever for an update on replacing the two retired sergeants.
"I've not been given permission to advertise (the vacancies)," Beever said.
Mayor Adam Webber asked, "What are we down to, and what's a full complement?
"We have 20, and 23 is a full complement," Beever said.
n Council answered questions raised by the solicitor regarding the proposed alarm ordinance, which was written to mirror East Cocalico's, for ease in enforcement by the police.
People who currently have an alarm system will have three months to register their system with the borough, at no cost. Registration dates will be announced in the borough newsletter. The ordinance is to help reduce emergency responders' time and cost for multiple false alarms.
n Street sweeping in the borough will occur on April 24 and 25 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
n Council adjourned into executive session to discuss the employee union's latest collective-bargaining proposal.
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"I will reiterate what I've always said to the officers. Pay particular attention to the community's parks, churches and cemeteries."
Chief of East Cocalico Police Department