Goldenites might want to smile on their next bike ride or walk along Clear Creek. Why? They may be on camera. The Golden City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a security camera …
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Goldenites might want to smile on their next bike ride or walk along Clear Creek. Why? They may be on camera.
The Golden City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a security camera system that will allow the fire and police departments — and other city staff — to keep tabs on activity along the creek.
According to a memo to the city council from Golden’s chief innovation and technology office Jiles McCoy, the city will pay $213,172 over the next two years to purchase and implement the system. Ongoing support and maintenance costs will then be included in future budgets.
McCoy’s memo states that the cameras will allow responders to quickly understand and react to events happening along Clear Creek, which he calls “a vital city function.”
“In the short term this solution will allow fire and (police) to react more quickly and precisely to support requests along the creek,” McCoy wrote. “Public Works and Parks and Rec will be able to immediately survey the corridor to understand weather and infrastructure situations in real time without sending staff to walk the corridor.”
But McCoy’s memo also promises other benefits, such as the ability for Golden’s communications department “to share beautiful video of Golden with the public so that they can see what they are missing in our amazing city.”
It also states that city staff will be able to integrate metrics solutions with the camera system to increase the city’s understanding of how the public uses Clear Creek.
According to the memo, Colorado company Fire Team Security will install a total of 17 new cameras at 10 locations along the creek and in its surrounding area. The camera locations will extend from the Ford Street bridge west to the fenced off Church Creek Water Authority Diversion facility, which is located west of Sixth Avenue. Cameras will also be installed at the Golden Community Center to monitor the area around the facility’s entrance.
The memo also mentions that Fire Team Security will connect 50 existing digital watchdog cameras into its system. Those cameras are installed at city of Golden facilities according to McCoy.
According to the memo, FTS will paint all equipment and hardware whenever possible to blend into surrounding environment with exception to communication devices, such as wireless network antennas.
McCoy wrote in the memo that management of the Clear Creek Corridor “proved especially difficult over the course of 2020.” Although the memo does not expound on the reasons for the challenges, this is presumably a reference to the spring, when officials in both Golden and Jefferson County decided to close the water of the creek to recreation as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 risk posed to first responders who could be called upon to participate in water rescues.
The Golden City Council voted to ban water activities again in August after Golden Police had 900 contacts with people recreating in and around the creek about social distancing violations. Those bans were later lifted following the end of tubing season.
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