Watch out . . . cam­eras are on the way

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Fright­en­ing crimes such as as­saults and shoot­ings tak­ing place on Toko­roa’s streets will be solved quicker come Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to Gor­don Blake.

The South Waikato Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (SWSCC) chair said a green light from the district coun­cil meant the town’s long awaited se­cu­rity cam­eras would hope­fully be in place by the end of this cal­en­der year.

He said the po­lice were pos­i­tive the in­stal­la­tion of the $60,000 cam­eras would give them much needed leads on crimes that take place in the CBD.

SWSCC is still aim­ing to pur­chase six fixed cam­eras and one mo­bile but that will de­pend on the ten­ders that come through.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion has cre­ated a sub com­mit­tee that will be in charge of pre­par­ing the ten­der process.

Blake said they will work with district coun­cil staff mem­bers skilled in that area to en­sure the cor­rect pro­ce­dure is fol­lowed.

‘‘ When the process is walked through, the own­er­ship [ of the cam­eras] will trans­fer to coun­cil so I think it’s only fair that coun­cil is fully aware of the process we fol­lowed.’’

He said the coun­cil has agreed to rate all rate­able prop­er­ties in the CBD for the first three years to cover main­te­nance costs and build up a de­pre­ci­a­tion fund for when the cam­eras need re­plac­ing.

Fol­low­ing that the idea is to charge a small rate across all rate­able prop­er­ties in Toko­roa to con­tinue to fund main­te­nance and re­place­ments.

Blake said the SWSCC has man­aged to raise $9,000 so far which will be matched dol­lar for dol­lar by the district coun­cil.

On top of that the coun­cil has agreed to front up with an ex­tra $30,000 to al­low the ten­der process to be­gin.

Half of this will be paid back as the SWSCC raises the funds, Blake said.

The re­main­ing $ 12,000 will be cov­ered through the rat­ing mech­a­nism, he said.

He said a big thank you goes out the the district coun­cil who have played a huge hand in get­ting the project off its feet fi­nan­cially.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant to get coun­cil’s buy in be­cause they will take on main­te­nance so that it is a sus­tain­able project...

‘‘You can’t ex­pect to be go­ing back again and again to the busi­ness com­mu­nity to fund it.’’

The ten­der process could take up to six weeks.

Photo: PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Watch­ful eye: South Waikato Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair Gor­don Blake is wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion for the se­cu­rity cam­eras that will watch over the streets of Toko­roa’s CBD.

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