Shores expected to make security camera purchase

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 24, 2014

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The city is getting closer to purchasing surveillance cameras to be set up at a few key points within the Shores’ borders.

Public Safety Director John Schulte told the City Council during a July 15 meeting that they had final specifications and were hoping to get firm cost estimates in the next few weeks for the project. He said security experts have recommended that the city invest in about eight to 10 such cameras, to be placed in roughly four locations, most likely including the major intersection of Lake Shore and Vernier, around Cook and Ballantyne, and at Woodland Shore and Lake Shore.

Schulte said they plan to place the cameras on existing structures such as utility poles, if they can.

“The cameras would only be looking at public places,” Mayor Ted Kedzierski said in response to a question about possible violations of privacy.

In addition, Schulte said the cameras wouldn’t be used to issue speeding tickets. He said they would only be used for observation purposes, but they could also be employed in cases of “damage to (city) infrastructure,” such as accidents involving vehicles crashing into the Osius Park fence — a problem that has become too common.

City administrators have been looking into the possibility of funding the cameras in whole or in part with a grant, but whether that might happen wasn’t known at press time.

The cameras were included in the 2014-15 budget. Kedzierski said the Shores will be able to purchase them at the same price offered to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which should spell at least some savings for the city.

“We’ve been looking at this for over a year,” said City Council member Bruce Bisballe, who also chairs the Finance Committee.

The exact cost will depend on the company officials select, as well as the number of cameras, among other factors.