Move to make popular St. Ann park safer gets pushback
A move to try and make a popular park safer for everyone is seeing some push back tonight in St. Ann. (Credit: KMOV)
ST.ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) --- A move to try and make a popular park safer for everyone is seeing some push back tonight in St. Ann.
This week the city approved 40 new security cameras, but not everyone is on board. Tiemeyer Park has a little bit of everything for everyone.
"It is a pretty large park. There's playgrounds, there's a lake you can fish in," says Michael Bowman.
Soon, 40 cameras with a price tag of $25,000 will cover the 42 acre park. That's because this park is no stranger to crime. The mayor says bathrooms have been vandalized in past years. He's been pushing for the cameras. But those cameras have caused some in the St. Ann community to be divided.
When it became official earlier in the week, many took to social media to vent their concerns, from privacy to some saying it's a waste of money, others saying they just aren't needed. bowman disagrees.
"You can't have eyes everywhere at once. Why not have extra eyes if something does happen the authorities can see," says Bowman.
News Four talked with St. Ann's police chief and he says the cameras will be essential in keeping everyone who visits the park, protected.
"Say that one of the new playground equipment, one of the big tubes $5,000 dollars and there's paint all over it, people are putting hand prints on it, once that gets reported, we can go back everyday until we find out who committed that act of vandalism," says Chief Aaron Jimenez.
This project is funded by park bonds and grants. Cameras will be installed in phases, with the first round going up in about a month in a half.
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