MOORE, OKLA (Free Press) – Moore City Council heard from Police Chief Tod Gibson on Monday about a proposed camera system, which will be used to create a crime prevention and investigation network in the metropolitan area.
Council members also discussed a proposed by-law on decorations in cemeteries owned by the Town of Moore, as they addressed public concerns and the needs of the town.
They also extended the
Half Cent Sales Tax Renewal
Moore City Council voted to put the one-half percent (0.50%) sales tax renewal on the November 8 ballot.
Sales tax is primarily used for residential road projects and maintenance, with 30% funding public safety equipment and public safety operations.
City Manager Brooks Mitchell told the meeting that this sales tax is “a very important part of our funding and our annual budget,” later recommending its approval.
The vote in November will reveal whether Moore residents agree.
Extensive monitoring system
Moore City Council approved the purchase of 10 Flock Safety License Plate Reader (LPR) crime prevention and investigation cameras for $25,000, part of a growing metro-wide surveillance system.
The Flock Security LPR Camera is advertised as “The first camera that sees like a detective”.
It uses patented vehicle fingerprinting technology to allow users to search for vehicles by make, model, color, license plate, and other unique details such as roof racks and decals. It can even track the number of times a specific vehicle has been seen over the past 30 days.
The 24/7, motion-activated, solar-powered cameras are internet-connected and advertised to be used as a network, meaning departments can extend their reach to other municipalities and to private cameras to multiply the search capacity.
According to Police Chief Todd Gibson, the system will link Moore “to a larger investigative network,” helping the city work with Oklahoma City, Edmond, Mustang and other metro police departments that have joined the network. .
Chief Gibson also said that the use of these cameras “will create a seamless network…that could potentially locate crime and help prevent crime from the south end of the subway to the north end of the subway.”
The 10 cameras will be structured around city intersections with the help of crime analysis staff from Flock Safety and Moore, but the police chief has suggested they be placed in ‘high crime areas’ and “entry points” into the city.
Ward 2 council member Mark Hamm asked if the cameras would be used to enforce expired tags and similar crimes, and Chief Gibson responded with a definite “no”.
As to who or what will have access to surveillance data, the police chief told the council that they had had extensive conversations with neighboring municipalities on the same system and they would all have access to each other’s cameras.
The city will have to cooperate with any request from the state or federal government, but Chief Gibson said “being able to log into the system would just be the municipalities.”
The point was adopted unanimously.
Regulation of the municipal cemetery on decorative objects
The City of Moore will begin removing certain decorative objects that are prohibited from city-owned cemeteries during the first full week of each month, citing maintenance and landscaping issues.
Several residents had concerns about the ordinance on the agenda and advised council prior to the meeting. Council discussed the difficulty of trying to maintain the cemeteries around these objects and also discussed how extremely forgiving they have been compared to other municipal cemeteries in the metro.
Legal staff added that there are “certain areas that haven’t been eaten away by weeds or mowed” because of the decorations, and that “there are issues where they accidentally run over certain objects.”
Before the ordinance passed unanimously, Ward 3 councilman Louie Williams described that the city would still allow “other types of decorations 3 weeks out of the month, when most cemeteries allow it. say”. [needs] be mounted in a permanent vase, or it is gone immediately.
The new detailed ordinance on the Moore Town Cemeteries the website goes into effect on September 14 and adds two sets of rules;
1. It is prohibited for any person to remove flowers from a vase attached to the monument other than by the persons depositing the flowers or by a designated City employee. The city will remove all flowers the first week of February and August.
2. Flowers may remain in vases attached to the monument. Flowered saddles, attached to the top of the monument, are permitted. Objects such as glass jars, cans or other containers used on site for holding bouquets of flowers are prohibited.
Objects on the ground or around the base of the monument and other prohibited objects, such as stones, metal rods, metal stakes, fences, ornaments or other objects that may cause maintenance problems, will be removed during the first full week of each month.
The city plans to be more lenient on the new regulations next month, but will enforce the rules as signage is posted.
The next Moore Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Last updated on August 17, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. by Damien Powell