The skate park and security cameras were the hot conversation topics at Wednesday's Lodi City Council meeting.
Measures to remove outdated requirements in the original ordinance for skate park guidelines were ultimately approved by all four city council members present, but not without some chatter beforehand on how to possibly put a stop to ne'er-do-wells' questionable activities around the area.
City attorney Stephen Schwabauer stated that original mandates for minors to sign a waiver form prior to using the skate park and the no-bike policy at the skate park were no longer needed.
The reason? A secondary insurance policy the city no longer has had tight requirements for those who chose to use the skate park in Kofu Park on Ham Lane.
But now that the secondary insurance policy is no longer in place, waivers are not needed. Bikes are also used daily at the park, Schwabauer said, and they do not create any more damage to the equipment than skateboards do.
But when council members asked about criminal-related activities, city spokesman Jeff Hood stepped forward to listen to suggestions.
Hood spoke of issues including excessive litter, smoking — including marijuana smoking — and drinking that tend occur around the outer fencing of the skate park.
While they can be the work of "idle hands," Hood said, council members offered up a possible solution.
"I am going to plant the seed," said Councilman Larry Hansen. "What about some type of security camera or video surveillance? They could know that someone may always be watching."
Hood said video surveillance was possible, but the potential cost and placement of the camera remained in question when the meeting adjourned.
"We would be happy to put a camera at that location to deter activity," Hood said.
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