Claremont City Council Approves Village Renovations

In early January, the city of Claremont will embark on a renovation project to improve the Claremont Village. The plan, which was unanimously approved at the Nov. 3 city council meeting, affects the area bordered by Indian Hill Boulevard, Bonita Avenue, Harvard Avenue and First Street.Among the planned enhancements are widened sidewalks, the replacement of damaged trees, additional street lights and conduits for future electrical service under the new sidewalks.Additionally, some sidewalks and ramps will be replaced in order to meet the requirements laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act.The funding for the $1.2 million project comes from a combination of gas tax funds and the $948,746 the city received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Claremont was one of a small number of cities in the area to receive federal stimulus funds for this purpose, according to mayor Corey Calaycay.“We were able to approve this project because of the funding,” said mayor

pro tem

Linda Elderkin.City Engineer Craig Bradshaw told the

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

that the project will begin on First Street and take 60 working days to complete. Over the duration of the construction, residents can anticipate parking and sidewalk closures.Early last week, the Claremont City Council passed a measure to upgrade security cameras throughout the city. The new cameras will connect directly to a state-wide database and will centralize all surveillance in the city into one system.“The new cameras will allow us to do more with fewer people,” council member Peter Yao said. “We are using technology to improve efficiency.”The new system, which is estimated to cost nearly $250,000, will be paid for with a grant from the Community Orientated Policy Services technology grant program. There are two elements of the project: cameras on vehicles and cameras in town. Once the stationary cameras are in place, officers will have multiple cameras mounted on their vehicles. As the officer drives down a street, the cameras will read license plates of other vehicles and cross-check the plate numbers with a state database identifying vehicles with outstanding tickets or warrants.Furthermore, the video systems will look over public areas such as Wilderness Park, Oak Park Cemetery, the Metrolink station, Claremont High School, City Hall, the Village Plaza and the Alexander Hughes Community Center.A staff report said the cameras “shall not be used to arbitrarily view citizens, nor shall cameras be utilized to invade the privacy of anyone in a non-public place.”

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