By Jordan Stewart
For years, parents have called for increased safety at the Kids’ Club. The program is utilized by many as a resource for after-school care, and so many have hoped to see its security at a level similar to that of the schools.
On March 20, the Recreation Commission met with Director of Facilities Taissir Alani and Police Chief Robert Bongiorno to discuss new security measures. The Commission hopes to implement a security keypad, doorbell intercom, and camera recording system for the area. Alani estimated the project would cost between $20,000 and $30,000 and stated that many of the schools use similar security practices.
Chief Bongiorno expressed his support of the project, explaining that he favors any measure that can be taken to protect the children. He recommended utilizing local officers to train the staff in security procedures for handling emergencies and possible threatening situations.
The Commission also addressed the Spring Brooks Park guest policy. Last summer, the Park saw an issue with an overflow of guests being brought in on the Fourth of July, with many from surrounding towns. The Commission’s commitment to making the Park a welcoming neighborhood spot inspired them to create a limit of 10 guests on the Fourth of July, with no limit on other days of the season.