Pembroke announced Monday the city has installed security cameras in public spaces and at intersections where accidents are frequent.
The city’s public safety director, Bill Collins, gave city council members a look at how the cameras work after Monday’s meeting at city hall. In all, Pembroke has 10 cameras already up and six more on the way, Collins said.
The total cost for the cameras is between $8,000 and $10,000, he said.
“We’re putting them at all city buildings and all city parks, and we’re going to try to have one in the downtown district,” Collins said. “These are not pointed at anybody’s houses or at anyone, it’s not a surveillance thing. It’s to protect public property.”
The cameras can store video for up to a week, and some are motion activated. They will run 24 hours a day, Collins said, and police or other officials can keep an eye on various areas using computer monitors.
“From time to time we’ve had vandalism at different places,” he said. “We hope to alleviate that.”
Also at Monday’s meeting:
Council members approved a resolution to establish a fire station south of Highway 280. The station, called Fire Station No. 2, will be on Garrison Street in the former Georgia Forestry Bryan County Unit, which was given to Pembroke “on the condition it perpetually serves a public purpose,” according to the resolution. Pembroke Fire Chief Peter Waters said firefighters are working on renovating the unit into a fire station.
Council members approved adding a $50 administrative fee to all citations if a person is “adjudicated guilty,” according to city attorney Dana Braun.
Council approved paying $30,000 to Georgia Power for new light poles downtown.
Council members approved a request for Bryan County High School’s football team to hold a bucket brigade fundraiser downtown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4. The makeup date is Aug. 11.
Mayor Judy Cook announced Renee Hernandez is the city’s new Downtown Development Authority director.
Collins announced the promotion of Pembroke Police Department officers Taylor Denning and William Wayne. Wayne was promoted to sergeant, Denning to corporal.
The council approved the purchase of two new police cars, but bids had not been sought.
City engineer Matthew Barrow said the city is moving forward with its new well project and should begin bidding work out soon.