Volume 93, Issue 98

Tuesday, April 4, 2000


Western bigwigs bring home the big bucks

A brave new world for safety

New dean from down under

VP-research Bill Bridger re-appointed for a second term

Day returns as federal hopeful

New campaign gets million dollar boost



Caught on campus

A brave new world for safety

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

After months of debate, the City of London seems ready to move forward with plans to install surveillance cameras in the downtown core.

The Community and Protective Services committee agreed to move forward with a proposal which will see 16 cameras put in place downtown. The camera feeds will be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the City of London, with a budget of $200,000, said city councillor Gary Williams.

City controller Orlando Zamprogna approved of the proposal, but recommended it be reviewed at the end of the year.

"It appears the committee has designed the project at the most affordable price," he said. "It's beneficial any way you look at it." Zamprogna added the city should continue monitoring the surveillance system so any potential improvements could be made promptly.

Deputy mayor AnneĞMarie Decicco, also approved of the proposal, but wished to make a few amendments. She said she wanted to ensure a valid audit procedure and asked that an interim report be made in six months on the effect of the project.

"[We should] make it work, but only if it works properly," she said.

City councillor Bill Armstrong said he wished to commend all who worked to prepare the proposal. "I support this and think it's a worthwhile project," Armstrong said. "It's a wonderful opportunity and it's going to make our downtown safer."

Joe Swan, Ward 2 councillor said he too was happy with the committee's proposal. "This committee has its job to ensure cost and procedure are taken into account," he said.

Co-chair of the Co-ordinating Committee for Community Safety, David Tennant, said he felt the city staff and committee had shown great creativity in finding a solution to the problem of downtown violence. He added his committee must now move to find the sufficient funds to finalize the project.

Tennant said at present he has financial commitments for nine cameras and said he felt the program could be fully functional in three to four months.

"I think there was a realization that this issue was more than just a dollars and cents issue," he said.

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