Cameras will allow city to monitor skate park, roundabouts

With just over $9,000 from the Community Cleanup Fund, the city of Madras will configure existing cameras to allow monitoring of two roundabouts and the Madras Bike and Skate Park.

On July 23, the Madras City Council authorized the expenditure from a per ton fee collected by Jefferson County for garbage dumped at the Box Canyon Transfer Station. Three dollars of each $12 collected by the county goes toward community cleanup events.

The cameras, which were installed in 2008 at the Madras Bike and Skate Park, the J Street/City View roundabout, and the City View/Yarrow roundabout, have not been operational to allow the city to monitor activities at those locations.

In the past two years, according to Jonathan Burchell, the city's golf course and parks supervisor, there has been over $5,000 in vandalism and damages at the skate park, in addition to over $5,000 in labor costs.

"I think it definitely meets the intent of the intergovernmental agreement," said Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer, before the city unanimously approved the expenditure.

The wireless cameras will be integrated into the video camera system at the Madras City Hall/Police Station.

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