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Cameras at trail for surveillance, not security
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CONYERS - The language used to describe the new camera system being installed along the South River trail will be altered slightly.

According to the Craig McCullough, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Subcommittee, the cameras should be referred to as surveillance cameras and not security cameras. This change would avoid any confusion with people assuming that security is being provided along the trail.

"I did some digging up, and the word we should use is surveillance," said McCullough during the Rockdale County Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday night. "The word surveillance means to closely observe and that's all we mean to do with these cameras."

McCulloch told the commission that "several people approached" him with concerns about the how the cameras would be used for security, but "we're not providing security," he said.

"At any point in the future we refer to these cameras, they will be surveillance cameras and not security cameras. That gets us off the rope for any indication that we're providing security, which we are not," said McCulloch.

The new cameras were originally proposed earlier this year in order to catch people in the act of violating park rules, such as littering, vandalism, driving cars on the trail and dumping household trash at the park. The overall project would cost $90,000 of SPLOST dollars and includes a maintenance facility, where the footage filmed by the cameras will be monitored by a soon-to-be hired safety coordinator.

This is the second name clarification associated with this project with concerns relating to security. Last month, the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) officially approved the hiring of the aforementioned safety coordinator position but not before changing the position from being called the security coordinator.

Post 1 County Commissioner Oz Nesbitt initially had reservations about referring to the position using the word security for potential liability reasons.