Grain Valley officials plan to add surveillance cameras at all city facilities, including parks, as a safety measure.

Grain Valley officials plan to add surveillance cameras at all city facilities, including parks, as a safety measure.


The Board of Aldermen discussed the issue Monday night and cast an initial vote of 5-1 in favor of the idea. Another vote is needed before the action is final.


Mayor Mike Todd outlined it as a safety issue, particularly if, say, a child were suddenly missing at a city park. Currently the city has a system that just covers City Hall, and Todd said recovering videos is slow and cumbersome, and that the videos aren’t up to standard to be used as police evidence.


The new system, on the other hand, would put the image of a license plate on an officer’s phone within five minutes.


“My thought was there’s not a parent in town who wouldn’t say, ‘Let spend $30,000 for the system,’ ” Todd said.


That cost, not included in this year’s city, was a point of discussion Monday.


“It wasn’t an expense that we had budgeted for the year. It just kind of came up,” Todd said.


The vote for the system was 5-1, with Alderman Yolanda West voting no.


Aldermen on Monday also took a final vote to annex 12 acres on the south side of the city, land owned by City Administrator Alexa Barton and her husband. The vote was 5-1, with West voting no.