Nanaimo looks into Colliery dam web cam

NANAIMO – City council votes 8-1 to get a report on the options, timelines and costs for a new web cam at Colliery Dam Park.

New eyes could be on Colliery Dam Park.

Nanaimo city staff will review options, timelines and costs for a 24-hour live web camera at lower Colliery dam, so people can view spillway construction from home.

Council was near-unanimous Monday on looking into a web camera at the site, with one politician opposed.

Construction on an auxiliary spillway at the lower Colliery dam began in September to address potential safety risks. Coun. Bill Bestwick said it’s a massive production that’s taken three years to get to and a place of interest to a number of the people in the community but it’s blocked off, “you can’t see what’s going on.”

“If it is relatively inexpensive, I think people would be interested to watch in real time how it’s progressing,” he said. “It’s certainly not unique to Nanaimo to watch a project such as that in real time and then be able to follow it.”

The camera also doesn’t have to be specific to the Colliery dams, and could be relocated elsewhere for other projects, or for security, he said.

Coun. Jerry Hong supported the web camera at the city meeting, saying he hopes it can be portable to live broadcast events like the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race. Coun. Bill Yoachim said it’s a great idea for the viewing of the spillway, but also to showcase beautiful parts of the city.

Coun. Jim Kipp was the only councillor opposed.

“Like the idea; can’t support spending another penny on watching that pit be opened up,” he said,

Guillermo Ferrero, the city’s director of technology and legislative services, was at Colliery Dam Park Thursday to look for ideal locations for a camera. While possible to do, he said there are technical challenges with no Internet connection at the park to provide a feed. A report on the camera is expected in January.


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