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Village Council OKs park gate

FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock will be getting a gate.

The Flat Rock Village Council last week gave the go-ahead for the installation of an automatic security gate system. The two-armed gate system will be timed to operate from dawn to dusk. Park visitors who get back to their car after the gate closes will be able to exit because of the gate's electronic eye.
"It's designed to lock into what I would call a yoke," said Village Administrator Judy Boleman. That should eliminate the opportunity for kids to try to climb on it or for someone to try to raise it.
Cincinnati Systems Inc. submitted a quote of $15,449 for the gate system including two 15-foot arms with reflective red stripes and protective foam edge, vehicle detector, programmable timer or photocell device and boom locking devices. Police, fire trucks and ambulances will have access at all hours through a device that detects an emergency siren's "yelp." The company offered a radio transmitter with four remote clickers for after-hours access for an additional $298.
The Village Council voted 6-1 to buy and install the gate. Councilman Albert Gooch voted no, saying that the money should go to another park improvement first.
The automatic gate will save the village from having to assign personnel to open and shut a barrier at dawn and dusk, Boleman said.
"We always knew we would need a gate," she said. "It was just a matter of when."