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Camera system in the works for Wayside Park

Lake Holcombe Town Board

As discussed in a previous meeting, chairman Brian Guthman reported at the regular Lake Holcombe Town Board meeting July 9, that security cameras could become a reality at the Wayside Park. Guthman and town roadman Ben Jordan, met with Craig Jiskra at the park, to talk over what options would work for a camera system there.

“There are multiple, multiple ways a guy can go now,” said Guthman.

Guthman wants cameras at the park, to cut down on shady happenings and vandalism. Without internet, Jiskra talked about a system that would have a DVR for around $1,200. However, Guthman says he would like to look at installing a WiFi-run camera, possibly splicing into a line that Ntera ran in that area.

“It would be really nice to have a hotspot out at the Wayside Park,” said Guthman.

With a hotspot, boats could pull up to the park to utilize WiFi. That system could also send images to any computer the town chose, instead of wading through hours and days of footage.

Guthman says he will approach the Lake Holcombe Improvement Association, who recently had offered to pay for repair of the handicapped dock. Because the dock repair was covered by the town’s funds, Guthman hoped the association might donate for the camera system.

The board agreed to work on the project, although pricing may increase with WiFi, if Ntera gives their blessing to splice in the system.

“I don’t know if there’s a lot of difference in price that way,” said Guthman.

In a special meeting with J.D. Kirkman for a business park development that is in the works, Guthman said he thinks the town solves Kirkman’s requests satisfactorily.

“Basically, they wanted to get a bunch of information that the town had paid for,” said Guthman.

Included in the request, was a soil delineation report, which tells what areas are wetlands and gives results of core samples that were taken. Kirkman also requested topographical and boundary survey maps, and overall site plan and subdivision plans.

Guthman called the Town’s Association to ask legal advice on the matter and was given the go-ahead to release the requested items to Kirkman. Guthman said there had been some question if the town should release the information, which was cleared up with a call to the Town’s Association.

“Just because we paid money for it, is not enough grounds, because it becomes public record,” said Guthman.

“Did we incur any expense in getting these items?” asked supervisor Doug Olson.

Guthman said he worked with ABC Squared who had completed the surveys, at no cost to the town.

Guthman also reported that he and clerk Tracey Larson had developed a fireworks permit to set off personal displays and already sold one this year.

“I think we should encourage more people to get a permit,” said Guthman.

His reasoning was to limit hours when the explosives could be set off, such as 8-11 p.m., hopefully keeping the fireworks out of the early morning hours. Guthman also wants to limit the times, so people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will have an understanding of when the fireworks would go off.

The permit process is still a work in progress, as Guthman says the town needs to figure out how to get the permits to people who purchase them.

“We’ll have to figure it out,” he said.

Continuing work on the lawn waste disposal site was also discussed, with more steps completed before the potential reopening of the site.

“We’re getting closer,” said Guthman.