Smile! County buildings, garages will be monitored on CCTV

In this October 2016, file photo, closed-circuit television cameras keep watch on Cornwall Transit riders and the bus driver. The United Counties of SD&G is the latest municipality to put CCTV on its municipal property. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – The county has taken the first step to eventually have the county building and municipal patrolled garages monitored by closed-circuit television cameras.

County council approved a “robust” video surveillance policy during its Monday meeting, described in a report as an “accepted practice” to safeguard the public, staff, assets and property.

The policy is dovetailing with the major renovations going on at the United Counties building.

The first place targeted for CCTV cameras will be the Provincial Offices Act office and courtrooms on the top floor of 26 Pitt Street, followed by the county’s four patrol garages.

It’s expected to cost up to $3,000 to wire up the administration building and will be paid for with tender savings from the purchase of boardroom furniture.

The second phase of the patrol garages won’t be done until 2018 at the earliest.

The policy is modelled after a lawyer-reviewed one for Lanark County.

The United Counties is the latest organization to install closed-circuit television in or on its municipal property. The Cornwall Community Police Service has cameras throughout the city and Cornwall Transit recently installed cameras on its buses.