LINCOLN, Maine — Want to see what’s going on in downtown Lincoln?
Security cameras installed at three locations on Main Street can give you a real-time picture anytime you want.
Lincoln became the first municipality in the Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes regions this week to have a working security video camera system, thanks to Motorbrain of Lincoln, FairPoint Communications and town officials just about finishing a project that began in late 2007.
As of Tuesday, images from the system were available at the town’s Web site, www.lincolnmaine.org. Motorbrain workers were due by Friday to install a computer recording system at the Public Safety Building that would allow police to use images from the system to investigate crimes, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
“It’s been a long time in the making and I am extremely happy that they are operational,” Goodwin said Tuesday.
The images are clear and in full color and seem best viewed through Internet Explorer. Attempts to view them through Mozilla Firefox failed Tuesday.
The cameras give views of north- and southbound Main Street and an almost complete view of the Main Street parking lot where a 55-year-old Tennessee trucker died of an apparent heart attack in August after a confrontation involving two young men.
Police applied for a warrant about two weeks ago seeking to charge the two, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday.
If not for the delays that have dogged the project since the Town Council approved it in November 2007, Lincoln would be 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 are placed to cover Veterans Square, Main Street, West Broadway and the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo near Mattanawcook Lake. Councilors voted 6-1 in November 2007 to spend $2,849 on the plan. Motorbrain donated two cameras, a server and service contract, saving the town about $4,600.
The delays came when Motorbrain discovered that the wireless system it had hoped to install to transmit images from the cameras to their receiving monitoring station could not work downtown, and the two communications companies refused — or tried to charge what town officials thought were exorbitant rates — to run ca-bles.
Time Warner, FairPoint, town officials and Motorbrain eventually settled their differences.
Brad Libby, Motorbrain’s owner, did not return a telephone message seeking comment Tuesday.