With “wish lists” totaling more than a hundred camera locations, the Community Services District Security Ad Hoc Committee continued planning this month for a community-wide surveillance system. The committee’s second meeting took place at the CSD against the backdrop of a map studded with color-coded pins marking some of the proposed camera locations.
CSD Director Mike Martel initiated the committee and named Brian Skinner, Ray Matheny, Rancho Murieta Association General Manager Greg Vorster, CSD Security Chief Greg Remson, and RMA Director Sam Somers Sr. as its members. Skinner and Matheny are residents who work in the technology and security fields. Developer John Sullivan of Cosumnes River Land LLC, while not a designated committee member, plays an active role. RMA Assistant General Manager Danise Hetland attended the May 1 meeting in Vorster's place.
Martel said the committee’s role is “to come up with a strategy or plan to submit to the CSD board of directors and to get the cooperation from all the entities here on enhancing our security using surveillance cameras.” The committee would recommend a surveillance camera policy, keeping in mind “confidentiality and that kind of stuff when we develop that policy, remembering that kids and people with mental illness ... are protected a little bit different from the law,” Martel said. The goal would be “to prevent crime, to solve crime, but not to embarrass,” he said.
Discussing security cameras for the community are, from left, Security Chief Greg Remson, RMA Director Sam Somers Sr., RMA Assistant General Manager Danise Hetland and developer representative John Sullivan.
Martel said he had received a list of camera locations from the Country Club. The RMA also provided locations, and Sullivan gave the committee a list he said covered the Murieta Gardens hotel and commercial area, the Country Club, the training center for operating engineers, future subdivisions on the North, and other areas. At Somers’ suggestion, all the lists were turned over to Sullivan to coordinate and eliminate duplications. The lists were not made available to media representatives.
Martel said the lists will be evaluated by the committee. “I think we’re either going to add locations or take locations out,” he said.
Remson said it was important to get “a rough number of how many cameras that are going to be in the community. If we need them all, who’s going to pay for them, where the storage is going to be. Storage is a huge part of it. ... The district already has a handful of cameras set up at the gates.” There are also cameras at the water treatment plant and other CSD facilities. “One of the important things is the ability to watch them either live or after the fact and get good video,” Remson said.
Hetland and Remson talked about recent meetings with surveillance system vendors, noting that their approaches vary widely. Instead of a vendor, Skinner suggested bringing in a distributor representative to give the committee an overview of cameras and their specific surveillance applications.
During the two-hour meeting, the committee touched on privacy issues, security concerns, increased security needs related to development, bandwidth and infrastructure requirements, and other topics.
At its next meeting, the committee plans to start developing a video surveillance policy and evaluate camera capabilities that are applicable to specific security needs. The committee meetings are open to the public.