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City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Downtown Cameras

The Colorado Springs City Council will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 to seek public input on a proposal to install and maintain surveillance cameras in downtown Colorado Springs. The hearing will begin at 3:00p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Avenue, in City Council Chambers during the formal City Council meeting.

On February 27, 2012, City staff, at the recommendation of the Downtown Solutions Team and SAFE Downtown Committee, submitted a proposal to City Council requesting funding in the amount of $188,025 to install ten (10) surveillance cameras downtown along Tejon Street, from Rio Grande Street to Boulder Street. City staff recommended funding the equipment and maintenance from the General Fund fund balance.

In addition to funding for the cameras, staff requested $23,275 to purchase a sidewalk sweeper. The goal of the expenditures is to create a safer and more vibrant downtown.

“Creating a vibrant downtown is key to our City’s long-term success,” said Council President Scott Hente. “Council wants to have a thoughtful dialogue with City staff and the community about issues downtown and effective ways to address those issues. We know that community support is critical to the success of any program. Based on our own experience and the best practices recommended by the Urban Institute in a study of the use of surveillance cameras in other communities, getting public input is the right thing to do.”

Council has postponed action on the requested appropriation ordinance to allow the community adequate time to comment on the proposal. The first opportunity to schedule the ordinance for action is March 27, 2012. A second reading could be scheduled as early as April 10, 2012. Council will give direction on the ordinance following the hearing.

Comments can be made in person at the public hearing, via email at AllCouncil@springsgov.comor by phone at 719-385-5986.