LINCOLN, Maine — Parts of Main Street soon will be scrutinized 24-7 by security video cameras just in time for the holidays under a plan the Town Council approved almost 13 months ago, officials said Wednesday.
Brad Libby, owner of Motorbrain, an Enfield Road-based information technology company, expects to finish installing three cameras that will cover Veterans Memorial Square, Main Street, West Broadway and the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo near Mattanawcook Lake by the end of next week.
“We are just finalizing the connections,” Libby said Wednesday.
Lincoln is the first municipality in the Lincoln Lakes and Katahdin regions to use such a system.
Meant to curtail vandalism and improve downtown safety, the cameras will be placed where practicality, merchant preference and privacy can be assured, former Town Manager Glenn Aho said when he helped propose the idea.
The Town Council voted 6-1 in late November 2007 to spend $2,849 on the plan. Motorbrain will donate two cameras, a server and service contract, saving the town about $4,600.
The idea is to cover as much of Main Street as possible.
The server and full-color monitor will be kept in the Public Safety Building. The town’s Web site, lincolnmaine.org, will carry video from the cameras. Video will be on file for 30 days, then deleted.
Libby said the delay in implementing the video surveillance program was largely caused by difficulties in getting permission and permits to extend wiring across Main Street to the Marden’s store building, where at least one camera will be placed.
“Essentially, moving forward and installing other cameras will be very easy,” Libby said.
As part of phase two of the plan, Motorbrain will offer merchants a chance to use satellite or wireless video feed connections by password-protected sign-ons and to install more cameras.