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Clifton Springs To Install Security Cameras

The village plans to put some new picnic tables in John Brown Memorial Park off Spring Street by Memorial Day – along with surveillance cameras to discourage anyone from vandalizing them. The Village Board has approved eight village locations for surveillance cameras – down from 13. For now, they will be used only in the three village-owned parks: Four cameras at John Brown, two at Fabrizi Park and two at G. W. Lisk Community Park. The vote was 4 to 1 with Trustee Earl Lincoln voting against the measure. Previous board discussion centered on whether to place cameras on Main Street, as favored by Mayor Bill Hunter, Lincoln and Police Chief Scott Upchurch. “I’m happy a compromise was reached. It’s an end result we can all live with,” said Trustee Donna VanDamme, who had objected to village-wide surveillance, particularly any plans to place cameras on Main Street. “I support cameras in the parks because they could assist with police investigation.” However, she added that she was disappointed to learn that Lincoln acted without full board approval by purchasing the cameras prior to the April 10 vote. “True discussion was taken away,” said VanDamme of Lincoln’s action. Lincoln could not be reached for comment. Hunter declined to comment on the timing of the $10,000 purchase of cameras except to say the village was able to take the money from the current fiscal year’s budget. The cost of installation, described by Hunter as just “shy of $5,000,” will come from the 2006-07 budget. Five picnic tables have also been purchased to replace those at the Brown Memorial Park damaged by graffiti or carving, or that are in otherwise in poor condition. “They’ll be in the parks where they’re needed,” said Trustee Tina Bounds of the cameras. “Hopefully, it will cure the issues (we’ve had) there.” Bounds told the board that village workers recently began repairing damage to Fabrizi Park at the corner of Park Street and Hibbard Avenue where twice during the winter someone drove a truck onto the field leaving deep impressions in the ground, resulting in an estimated $5,000 worth of damage. Hunter said the cameras will not be hidden and residents will be told of their locations in the summer issue of the village’s quarterly newsletter. (The spring issue is already at the printer). “The aim is to eliminate vandalism,” which, the mayor stressed, in Clifton Springs, “is not a major problem.” Contact Laurel Wemett at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 221, or at messenger@mpnewspapers.com.

 

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