Security cameras proposed for cenotaph, Silver Cross site

The cenotaph at Legion Memorial Park in Cornwall, Ont. is cleaned up Monday, July 11, 2016, a day after vandals spraypainted graffiti on the memorial. Police are investigating. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall councillor is proposing closed-circuit cameras for the cenotaph and the Silver Cross site.

Coun. David Murphy has put a new business motion to council after the cenotaph was vandalized over the weekend.

Murphy wants Cornwall police to bring a report to council on the cost of installing cameras, similar to what the police service already has in a half dozen areas of the city.

The proposed sites are the Cornwall Cenotaph at Second and Bedford Streets and the Silver Cross site at Pitt Street and Tollgate Road.

Coun. Andre Rivette, who supported the motion, said he’s talked with the Police Chief Dan Parkinson, who would be favourable to bringing the costing forward.

Coun. Elaine MacDonald suggested the best way to deter crime is to populate a space by using benches instead of cameras, but she did support the idea.