On Monday,  Springville took up the issue of how to best keep an eye on its park and splash pad, which is slated to turn on the water when the weather warms up.

Police Chief Greg Charles brought in a representative from ESP, a company that could provide six cameras to help keep an eye on the park facilities and splash pad.

ESP had the lowest bid of $14,749 for the digital cameras, which would have the ability to identify someone’s face, something the current cameras at the park have trouble with at a distance.

The cameras could be positioned to view the parking areas, playground and splash pad areas and near the restrooms, which have been vandalized in the past.

The cameras could be mounted high enough to keep possible vandals from tampering with them.

The software ofered with the camera package could record nearly a month’s worth of data.

The city’s council asked the bid to be reviewed by the city attorney, since it was so close to the $15,000 requirement for the state’s bid laws. It will take up the motion at its next meeting.

In other actions:

—The city agreed to take over the operations of Springfest, the annual music and fireworks day that draws more and more attention each year. The Springville Chamber of Commerce had previously been handling Springfest, but asked the city to reclaim the event, though the chamber will still provide funding.

—April 2 is the second annual Big Springs 5k run. This year proceedss will go to help finance the splash pad and landscaping for Big Springs Park. Go to www.active.com for more information.

—On April 9, the library will hold a spaghetti dinner at the Methodist Church from 11-3. Tickets are $5. If you can’t attend, your plate will be donated to the girl’s ranch.

—April 16 will be the city’s annual cleanup day.


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