Plain Township is considering adding surveillance cameras at the Plain Township Aquatic Center to track vandalism.

Plain Township is considering adding surveillance cameras at the Plain Township Aquatic Center to track vandalism.

The trustees on July 18 reviewed an $11,550 estimate from State Security of Westerville to install cameras for indoor and outdoor surveillance of the buildings and grounds.

Trustee David Ferguson asked how much the township has spent annually due to damage from vandalism. Township administrator Ben Collins estimated $1,000 a year.

Collins said in late June, 115 pool chairs were thrown into the pool overnight. Only 15 of the chairs were damaged and those were repaired.

Four years ago, Collins said, someone ran a skateboard down one of the slides in the winter, which damaged the slide. Other than that, he could recall only one other act of vandalism when someone put a picnic table on the ice in the pool during winter.

Ferguson asked if the cameras would be used for something other than to track vandalism. Collins said the cameras could be used during the day to watch training protocol, oversee staff and watch cash drawers at the entrance.

"I think incident control will probably be a bigger benefit," Ferguson said.

Collins said Hastings Water Works, which manages the pool, has approved use of the cameras.

He said the system has remote capability if the township could get Internet access at the pool. He said the adjacent K-1 elementary building has fiber access but it may be expensive to extend the fiber line to the pool.

No annual maintenance agreement was included in the estimate. Collins said the township would handle maintenance of the system.

The pool is having another record year, with $37,611.07 more this year in receipts than the same time last year.

Last year, at this time, the pool had collected $270,881.10. This year, the pool has collected $308,492.17 so far, Collins said.

"We're up across the board, in memberships and daily visits in every age and every category," Collins said. "We attribute some of that to the weather."

Collins said this year, the township has had the most 90-degree days since the pool opened.