Keeping an eye on valuable park property in Sally Kate Winter Park will soon be as simple as clicking a computer mouse now that installation of cameras in SKW Park is underway this week.
In December the West Point Water and Light Department announced that it would be installing the cameras in SKW Park along with Wifi for park patrons who want to browse the Internet for free while enjoying an evening in the park.
Already at least four cameras have been put in place in the park, and city officials hope to soon have cameras along the entire Rails to Trail walkway. Water and Light Department Superintendent Dwight Prisock said putting up cameras in one of West Point’s most visited parks will help in the investigation of crimes committed in the park and will even help deter crimes, such as the vandalism incidents that occurred in the park several months back. The cameras do have a feature, which allows police and other city officials to zoom in on anything suspicious taking place in the park.
The Water and Light Department’s energy efficiency project is also just about complete, Prisock said. Last March the city of West Point approved a contract with Siemen’s Industry that would allow the city to replace lighting in some city buildings with more energy efficient lighting. Several buildings receiving new lighting is City Hall, the West Point Police Department, the West Point Fire Department, the Electric Department warehouse, the Parks and Recreation building and the waste water treatment facility.
City administrators did a walk through of the buildings last week. Most of the equipment for the project is installed, but there are still a few areas where light fixtures need replacing and still a few repairs that need to be made. The energy efficiency project will also allow for the temperature range in each city building to be controlled, but that changed won’t take place until at least another four weeks.