City to consider surveillance to curtail vandalism
by Michelle Babcock
November 14, 2013 12:35 AM | 1437 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BALL GROUND — The Ball Ground City Council will vote on the purchase and installation of outdoor surveillance cameras in an effort to stop vandalism in the city’s parks when it meets tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Ball Ground City Clerk Karen Jordan said there has been some vandalism in the park, adding surveillance cameras could help to stop the problem.

While the cameras are not in the area of Main Street where the Uncle Si Robertson scarecrow was stolen last month off the city’s downtown sidewalk, that incident of vandalism propelled the small town into the national spotlight.

The city’s parks are the target of the most recent incidents, a trend city leaders hope will soon be stopped.

“We had some vandalism going on down in Calvin Farmer Park all around the community building tennis court area and we’re having a hard time catching who’s doing it,” Jordan said Wednesday. “So we’re going to put up some surveillance cameras.”

The recently improved parks shouldn’t be damaged by vandals, Jordan said.

“We’re going and spending an awful lot of money here to do park improvements and just to come back and have people vandalize it is not acceptable,” she said.

The council will also hear from David Brado at the meeting tonight, who is asking for the addition of a four-way stop at the intersection of Depot Street and Northridge Road.

In other news, at the meeting the council will consider a resolution in honor of Ball Ground veterans, consider an agreement between county and city fire and emergency services and take up two other proposals.

The council is also planning to go into executive session to discuss the future acquisition of real estate.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Ball Ground City Hall at 215 Valley St. in Ball Ground.

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November 15, 2013
Maybe if the BGPD did their job and patrolled areas until 11pm when they are off work this wouldn't happen. Funny there are two officers and they can never be found. Ball Ground isn't that big. Also is there really enough traffic for a 4-way stop at Depot St and Northridge Rd? I don't think so.
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