Apparently the chief of police of the city of Frederick and the administration do not like the idea of blue phones or call boxes on Carroll Creek for safety.
Frederick Community College likes the technology and has had many safety features like this in place for years.
In New Orleans, they are having similar problems and the mayor along with other elected people acted with several measures for safety and security.
“City unveils safety and security enhancements on the Lafitte Greenway,” per their city website.
“We are pleased to complete the install of emergency call boxes, and safety cameras along the Lafitte Greenway. The completion of this project will aid in ensuring our residents may safely access NORD’s many amenities, and travel along the Greenway,” said NORD CEO Larry Barabino Jr.
This quote is from September 2019.
The press release continues: “Public safety is our top priority,” said NOHSEP Director Collin Arnold. “With these security enhancements, we hope residents can use our parks safely and, if an incident does occur, can quickly connect to emergency personnel for assistance.”
The entire improvement they list as costing $255,000 for installation of 18 emergency call boxes and 53 public safety camera feeds along the 2.6-mile linear park.
I could name several things starting with the wasted cost of a new logo that got scrapped that could have been put toward this improvement along Carroll Creek.
You would think this is a small price to pay with a more than $150 million investment that we have in Carroll Creek.
Now, residents are waiting for two plans: the plan for the future of the Frederick Community Action Agency and the plan for safety and security along Carroll Creek.
Annapolis is in session. Hopefully, as the governor is looking to help places like Baltimore with crime, we are at the table also with our requests.
A third of the money came from the state to build Carroll Creek. It is our showpiece that we brag about across the state. Let’s protect it by making it safe and secure for residents and visitors.