Bathroom vandalism prompts discussion on surveillance cameras for public spaces

NEBRASKA CITY – City commissioners agreed Monday to explore the possibility of cameras in city parks as a deterrent against vandalism.

Police report recent vandalism to the public restrooms on Central Avenue and criminal mischief involving the restroom at Steinhart Park.

Street Commissioner Vic Johns sought council approval to investigate the legalities of surveillance cameras to protect city property.

City commissioners voted on March 15 to amend the purchase, rehab, resale budget to direct $320,000 to road improvements. The council will seek bids for asphalt overlays on Third Street from Second Avenue to Central Avenue and Fourth Avenue from Sixth to Ninth streets.

In other action, commissioners will prepare for sale of the EMS house at 1420 First Corso and hire a third-party company to monitor fire alarm equipment at the police station and city offices.