Cameras at city cenotaph, Silver Cross site would cost $30K: report

The cenotaph at Legion Memorial Park in Cornwall, Ont. is cleaned up Monday, July 11, 2016, a day after vandals spray painted graffiti on the memorial. A report to city council for Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 says closed-circuit cameras at this site and the Silver Cross site would cost $30,000. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Putting closed-circuit cameras at the Cornwall cenotaph and the Silver Cross site would cost $30,000.

That’s according to a report before city council Monday night, which also suggests the city apply for a war memorial grant to cover half the cost.

If successful, the balance ($15,000) would be part of the 2017 municipal budget.

While the cameras themselves cost $3,500, there are switchers, cables, radio links and the work to install them that brings the cost to $15,000 per unit.

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

The idea was first proposed last month by Coun. David Murphy after the cenotaph was vandalized.

Murphy had asked for a report from Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson on the purchase of the cameras, since the police force has a dozen cameras throughout the city.

In his report, the police chief notes their police database only shows one case of criminal mischief in the last 10 years at either site.