City Administrator Kelly Madding said they want to bring the idea of thermal imaging drones to Tuesday’s council meeting.
The city said the drones can detect fires, illegal camping and be an aid in search and rescue efforts.
“It’s a potentially good use of this kind of technology,” Madding said. “It won’t be taking pictures of anyone in their backyard. This is really to be up in the watershed , primarily on city-owned land.”
The drones are also able to see through smoke.
Right now, the city doesn’t have a policy in place to allow for the use of aerial drones.
They’ll discuss approving one during Tuesday’s council meeting at 7 p.m..
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