Czelatdko, who represents the downtown area, is asking City Council President Scott Hente to pull the item from the next council agenda.
Police Chief Pete Carey formally announced Monday that the city plans to install 10 surveillance video cameras throughout downtown.
The cameras would be installed in phases by June.
“The cameras will cost a little over $160,000 to install and set up, and every year there will be about a $25,000 maintenance cost to keep them going,” Carey said Monday in an interview with The Gazette.
According to an email from Czelatdko to Hente, Czelatdko gave Hente the following six reasons:
1) As stated at the council meeting, there is “no plan”, there has not been discussion amongst stakeholders except for the Downtown Solutions Team.
2) I’ve attended the last 2 months of Downtown Partnership meetings and this subject was never discussed nor brought forward for a conversation
3) It seems to contradict every reason given for the removal of red-light cameras and so I would like better understanding
4) I think it is important through a town hall to give an opportunity for the community to express their thoughts about $200,000 public safety money being used for 10 cameras.
5) I would never vote for it personally but really want to hear from constituents in order to support public safety and of course, downtown.
6) Why aren’t private/public partnerships being asked in this case? Businesses in that area could contribute, grants could be sought?