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St. Charles approves installation of more security cameras to reduce issues at 1st Street parking garage – Shaw Local

ByLinda W. Smith

Jun 21, 2022

St. Charles City Council on Monday approved a plan to install more security cameras in the city’s First Street parking lot to deter problems such as drag racing and vandalism.

Aldermen unanimously recommended approval of a resolution to waive the formal bidding process and award the purchase of additional cameras for the west parking deck to Griffon Systems for $91,720.

“These cameras are intrinsically linked to and form an integral part of other cameras provided by Griffon Systems,” St. Charles Deputy Chief of Police Chuck Pierce previously told the aldermen.

Installation of the new cameras should begin by the end of June, Pierce said. The city’s general fund will be used to purchase the additional cameras, but future Special Service Area Tax dues may be levied to offset the cost, he said.

Pierce has already spoken to the aldermen about the need for the additional cameras.

“These cameras would be additions to the existing closed circuit camera system in the west side parking lot,” he said. “Additional cameras have been discussed which would be added to the same system which will increase camera coverage of the west side plaza area, the east side bar area and the high street.”

In November, a resident living near the car park complained to the aldermen about problems in the car park, including drag racing he had witnessed.

“This is not a new issue that has arisen or one that the St. Charles Police Department has ignored,” Pierce previously told aldermen. “We installed cameras on the fifth floor and increased patrols and enforcement. In fact, the cameras and increased patrols kind of pushed everyone to the fourth floor and that’s really what the resident was talking about. The problem went to the fourth floor and he was asking for a speed bump on the fourth floor.

Pierce advised against the installation of speed bumps due to the potential physical impact on the parking lot in the long term.

“The speed bump could be a short-term fix,” Pierce said. “How much will it cost down the road? What damage will occur in the years to come? »

Pierce said the cameras will help identify people committing criminal acts. St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan said the extra cameras would have a deterrent effect.

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