The Dubuque City Council members voted 6-1 to allocate more than $500,000 towards the installation of 96 new security cameras, 216 new LED streetlights, and the conversion of 25 existing streetlights to the brighter bulbs by the end of June.
This comes after the fifth homicide of the year and increased instances of gun violence, especially on the east side of the city.
City Manager Mike Van Milligen proposed the plan, known as the Enhanced Neighborhood Support Report, in order to report on current community efforts to invest in people and neighborhoods.
“Enhanced Neighborhood Support is a special effort by the city of Dubuque to address common neighborhood problems, such as crime, nuisances, and problem properties, with the overall goal of improving neighborhood resiliency.”
The only city council member to vote against the proposal was Lynn Sutton. She believes that the lack of bright lights and cameras are not the real problem.
“Yes, we can light up the whole downtown, but a problem for me is, how are the guns getting here? And they are finding any little space they can to do a shooting.”
The council will continue their discussion on the issue during a work session scheduled for October 19 at 5 p.m.