LOWELL | With a deadline looming, the Town Council agreed last week to spend no more than $32,000 to videotape the town street by street.
The council hired GeoSpan to do the video. The Minneapolis firm will come into Lowell in vans with cameras mounted on top. As the crews drive through the town, the Global Positioning System (GPS) points will be tracked and sidewalks and related items will be recorded.
GeoSpan will then build the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) database, which was due by the end of 2012.
Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook said GeoSpan also will develop a database for traffic signs in the town.
Then, Shook said, Greg White, the town's recently hired GPS coordinator, will develop a series of databases for the town's GPS.
In another matter, the council agreed to buy a 1-ton truck for the street department from Arnell Commercial Fleet of Burns Harbor for $43,976. The other bidder was Smith Chevrolet of Lowell with a bid of $48,045.
The cost of shelter rental in town parks was increased by $10, resulting in a $60 fee for residents and a $70 fee for nonresidents.
And, after granting preliminary approval in early December, the council gave final approval to the formation of a designated downtown revitalization area to attract developers to vacant buildings through tax incentives.