A veterans support group will not install 24 hour surveillance around the new site of Kimberley’s cenotaph.
A vandal drew obscene pictures into fresh concrete on the property last November, prompting Military Ames to pursue cameras monitoring the site.
However Project Manager Cindy Postnikoff is abandoning the idea, due to privacy laws on public land.
“You can’t video people without their consent, so we looked at doing it through the city and there’s so many hoops to go through,” Postnikoff says. “Then there’s always the question of whether you can actually use the surveillance. Its just way too complicated and expensive to entertain.”
She hopes residents can be trusted to keep the site safe.
“We’re really hoping that people are going to respect this place and as a community, we’ll keep a close eye on things,” Postnikoff says.
Postnikoff says they are on-track for an unveiling of the memorial July 8th.
The group has invested 210 thousand dollars into the project, along with many in-kind services donated by the community.
(Photo from Cindy Postnikoff of cenotaph vandalism from November 2016)
– Military Ames Facilitator, Cindy Postnikoff
– Jeff Johnson