When the city’s latest streetscape project — on portions of Main Street and Oak Street — is completed, it will feature a number of the requisite streetscape touches: new curbing and paving, decorative lamps, an updated plaza area and more.
However, the project also is set to entail another feature for the city: security cameras.
According to information provided by city manager Charlie Barrineau, the streetscape work is being done with $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, along with just more than $500,000 in city hospitality tax funds.
Barrineau said, in applying for the CDBG funding through the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the city noted it would install security cameras as part of the project.
There is a section of the grant application that reads as follows:
“As a public safety feature, the city will install hardware and software to support a color PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera system with infrared capability. The system will allow for future expansion for more cameras and will include monitoring capability along with record and playback features. This system will be an affective policing tool during outdoor events.”
About $10,000 has been budgeted to meet this grant requirement.
Barrineau said the cameras will be installed to cover large public gathering areas — around the Veterans Monument and Uptown fountain — that are within the project area of Oak and Main.
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