Police cameras coming to 2 parks

The city surveillance camera system is expected to be scanning Roy A. Flanigan and Memorial parks by this summer.

That was the update discussed Tuesday by the city public safety committee on the first seven cameras to record video for law enforcement use.

Flanigan Park, along Little League Boulevard and Walnut Street, is operated by the Lycoming County Housing Authority and Memorial Park, along West Fourth Street, is a city-owned facility.

While the committee took no action, it heard from Councilman N. Clifford “Skip” Smith that electrical conduit and cable for the server room near the police headquarters has begun to be installed at City Hall.

“I would expect the cameras to be working in early summer,” Smith said.

Council last May awarded a contract with CSI Inc., of Allentown, for $389,804. The project management company, Larson Design Group, is overseeing aspects of the installation. A U.S. Department of Justice grant paid for the project, Smith said.

The next noticeable progress on the camera system will be when a large truck with a crane places antenna on City Hall, Smith said.

That probably will be toward the end of this month, he said, and will require traffic control on West Fourth Street.

The cameras are not to be installed on city streets but rather in parks, according to a policy and procedure in place.