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Posted on Jan 20, 2016

Security cameras coming to Lauzier

The Quincy City Council on Tuesday agreed to seek bids on security cameras for Lauzier Park.
The cameras are being added to the park to cut down on graffiti, vandalism and other crimes. From lights being shot out by BB guns to cars tearing up the lawn and running into playground equipment, the park is targeted regularly by people up to no good, said Russ Harrington, recreation department director.
“It’s pretty much all happened out there,” Harrington said.
On top of that, the park is in an out-of-the-way location, making it difficult to catch criminals in the act, Harrington said.
The rec director hopes the cameras give the city a new tool for keeping an eye on the park.
The city has budgeted $8,000 for the cameras. The multi-camera, portable security system will include four cameras. It also will include a central monitoring software system and remote control so city employees and police officers will be able to monitor the park.
And, because the system is portable, if another city facility is having problems, the system can be moved to another location, Harrington said.
It’s the city’s goal to eventually outfit all city facilities with security cameras, said Mayor Jim Hemberry.

In other city business on Tuesday:

Quincy resident Sandy Zavala, speaking during the council meeting’s public comment period, urged the city council to make the funding of a recreation center its highest priority — over a public safety satellite station on the city’s north side.
Zavala, citing statistics from the Grant County Health Department, said that in 2012, the top five crimes reported in Quincy were vandalism, larceny, burglary, assault and drug violations. A study of 12 high-risk town in California shows those crimes decreased when after-school recreation was added, she said.
Zavala said the recreation center is just as important as the city’s proposed public safety building.
“A state-of-the-art recreation center also will save lives,” she said.
Hemberry explained that the city is undergoing several major projects this year, including a street project on 6th Avenue Northeast and the construction of a new police station and city hall. The city has had to step back and finish these projects before moving ahead on the recreation center, he said. The city also hasn’t been able to find property for the center, he added.
But that doesn’t mean work isn’t happening on the rec center, Hemberry said. The city has been saving up money for its future construction.
“We should have close to $10 million by the end of the year,” Hemberry said.
wThe city council briefly discussed the public safety facility, which may be built on city property at the corner of Central Avenue South and A Street Southwest. Four designs have been submitted; however, utilities to the property are causing some design problems.
Each design shows a 10,044-square-foot building that includes four bays for emergency vehicles. The city will ask the project architect to give a presentation to the countil at an upcoming meeting to better determine a final design. The city has budgeted nearly $175,000 for the design of an emergency services building that will house at least one fire truck. Construction on that project would not begin until 2017.

The city agreed to host the NCW Community Success Summit in mid-November. A project of the Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship, the summit is an annual celebration of successes and collaborations that help build communities.
“It’s a little bit like a traveling show, where we take a look at what we are doing well,” said Nancy Warner of IRIS.
The city must offer a suitable venue, free of charge, for the summit and will pay $2,500 as the host. The summit is expected to draw 130 to 200 participants from around North Central Washington.

The council voted to accept $31,323 in changes orders to the Quincy Municipal Office Complex, which is under construction. The change orders, which have to do with fire safety, resulted in a 14-day extension of that project.
There have been only five change orders to that project since construction started, city engineer Ariel Belino said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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