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HOWLAND — The Howland Township Park Board on Friday received a $28,000 quote from ALC Technologies for the purchase and installation of 20 cameras, including several license plate cameras, in Howland Township Park.

The quote does not include the cost of about five poles and electrical equipment that would have to be installed for cameras to cover areas near the Tiger Town playground and the tennis courts.

Among the proposed 20 cameras are several that could read license plates in the dark, which cost approximately $880, according to Bill Walsh with ALC. Traditional cameras cost approximately $170, Walsh said. The quote also includes the cost of point-to-point video transmission for cameras that cannot be wired into the system.

Park Commissioners Shawn Pompelia, Jessica Gault and Allen Seman will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Wright Building in Howland Township Park for a work session to review the proposal from ALC Technologies. Park commissioners also will solicit more quotes for the project, as required by state law.

The board has been working with ALC so far because the company runs the existing cameras in the park, Gault said. There are about eight cameras, five of which work.

The park, including its restrooms, has repeatedly been the target of vandals.

“I don’t want to spend this money, but it’s the world we live in,” Pompelia said when discussing the need to install more cameras.

Park commissioners on Friday also talked about the progress of the 18-hole Tiger Town Disc Golf Course, sponsored by ServiceMaster by Lewis Construction.

Brad Silvers with the Trumbull County Disc Golf Association told park commissioners that baskets for the course will arrive Monday. The fairways are established, and three people played the course this week, marking where the tees and baskets will go, he said.

The Trumbull County Disc Golf Association so far has more than 100 hours of volunteer work into preparing the course, which is expected to be playable by late September or early October.

Silvers said the ground still needs to be leveled in some parts of the course and he wants to plant fast-growing poplar trees in some areas to better separate the fairways.

Benjamin James, 17, of Howland, a Boy Scout with Troop 41001, asked park commissioners if he could complete a project in Howland Township Park for his Eagle Scout award. Silvers suggested James could build a kiosk or sign board to display information about the disc golf course, including a map, sponsors and upcoming events.

If the project is approved by his Scout master, James will coordinate with Silvers to build the kiosk.

In other business, park commissioners agreed to have a title search conducted to determine the boundaries of the land the park board leases from Howland Local Schools. A search by Title Company of Warren is expected to cost between $350 and $500.

Park commissioners also applauded township trustees for voting to spend just under $22,000 to restore the boardwalk in the wetlands behind the township park’s baseball fields.

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