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Eyes Shut On Cameras Around Town

 

Last updated 7/13/2015 at 3:33pm

Miguel Rocha

Linscott, Law & Greenspan Engineering Company had requested Accurate Video Counts, a data collection company, install four cameras around the Christmas Circle and Country Club Road areas to count cars and pedestrians.

Mike Stutz, of Accurate Video Counts explained that Dash Equipment Company did the actual installation of cameras, and that, "data collected is typically used by engineering companies, and city or county entities to satisfy Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) on traffic volumes and street construction changes."

"No facial recognition software or license plate photography is used in our collection of data," said Stutz, "but rather we look at how many cars and pedestrians encounter the route, and in which directions they travel."

Linscott, Law & Engineering Manager John Boarman was contacted to find what project is involved in the traffic survey. The possibility that the proposed new library and/or community park projects may be the underlying plan was mentioned by Stutz.

In an e-mailed response, John Boarman states, "We are conducting traffic counts (which will be factored up to account for the fact that counts are way down in the summer) that will be used as part of a due diligence traffic study for a proposed library/park project at Country Club Road and Church Lane." When told the cameras were removed after one day, Boarman replied, "Yes, that is the standard of practice. We would prefer to not do the counts in July, but waiting until mid-September was not an option."

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