GIBSON CITY — Council members are considering a variety of options to deter restroom vandalism at city parks.
There have been three incidents already this spring at the North Park. The most recent — damage to a heater unit — was found during a tour at this week's parks and buildings committee meeting.
City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said damage repaired last week alone cost the city $1,000.
Aldermen discussed surveillance cameras, timed locks, closing the parks at dark and increased police presence as possible deterrents.
Todd McNutt, owner of MCS Office Technology of Gibson City, presented surveillance options. McNutt said the camera's "lightfinder" technology can provide clear pictures despite either bright-light or low-light conditions.
One option called for a wide-angle camera costing $2,161.
Previous estimates for electronic locks were $1,800 for the North Park and $3,200 for the South Park.
Hall also intends to present a plan at the June 10 council meeting to close the parks at dark, except in the case of special events, and request increased police patrols.