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Security cameras installed around Town Hall

Will replace broken, antiquated ones

GREENFIELD — The town has installed new security cameras outside of Town Hall.

According to Marjorie Lane Kelly, the town’s finance director, the new cameras were installed to replace broken or antiquated ones, some of which have not worked in a while.

“We don’t watch what’s recorded unless we have to,” said Kelly. “If there’s a problem, a crime, or unruly behavior outside of Town Hall, we’ll now again have the opportunity to see what happened.”

Kelly said the cameras record 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

She said the cameras were paid for out of the town’s “free cash” surplus account in 2012. A total of $30,000 has been put aside, she said, but only about $9,000 has been spent so far.

Kelly said the cameras will record activities around all of Town Hall, in the Town Hall parking lot at the back of the building and in Veterans Memorial Mall on Main Street, which also abuts the back of the building.

“The mayor is looking at other town-owned places where cameras might make sense,” said Kelly.

Some residents, especially those who live near or frequent Hillside Park and the Energy Park, have suggested installing security cameras in the parks.

Over the years, those two parks have had their share of problems, including drug deals going on in them and people using graffiti to deface structures in both.

You can reach Anita Fritz at: fritz@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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