The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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September 10, 2012

City camera plan coming into focus

First 25 out of planned 100 to go up by Jan. 1

SUNBURY — Sunbury Councilman Todd Snyder on Monday addressed how the city will have few costs associated with surveillance cameras that are just about ready to be purchased.

Snyder said Sunbury Mayor David Persing had good intentions when he informed the public there would be 100 cameras in place by the end of the year, but the truth of the matter is there won’t be.

Snyder said the $200,000 grant money obtained with the help of former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, will be spent in the next two months and that 25 cameras will be in place by Jan. 1.

Snyder said just less than half of those will be mobile cameras, patrolling the city 24 hours a day.

“I sat down with the mayor and we talked this out,” Snyder said.

“We have a game plan that will eventually lead to 100 cameras being placed in the city but for now we are going to be taking our time and making sure this is done correctly.”

Snyder, who has worked with the installation of surveillance cameras for more than 20 years, said he also enlisted the help of police Chief Steve Mazzeo.

“He absolutely needs to be involved here,” he said.

“He will be a huge help to the location of these.”

Snyder be spearheading the crew of city employees that will be doing the installation.

“I will be going with them,” he said.

“We will be getting the purchase of these made in the next few weeks and by November we will begin to put them up.”

City employees will under the watchful eye of Snyder.

“We are doing this in a way that it will save us money in the long run,” he said of having city workers install cameras.

“I have the experience to make sure this is done correctly and we will be monitoring these video feeds ourselves which will take another long term cost away.”

Snyder refused to disclose the locations of the cameras.

“They will be everywhere,” he said. “The 10 mobile cameras will really be everywhere.”

Snyder was instrumental in acquiring smart phones for the police department several months ago.

“They are now equipped to for this,” he said.

“It’s time we take advantage of this and help make this city as safe as possible.”

Persing said he was behind Snyder 100 percent.

“This is something that is going to be huge for the city,” Persing said. “With the help of Todd and the chief, we will have double protection in this city.”

Mazzeo said he has been targeting several areas for the past five years.

“We have been watching specific places and we are ready to get those under control,” he said.

“I am thrilled to be helping out here and anything I can do for the mayor, councilman and city I will. I will be with them every step of the way.”

 

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