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City to buy cameras to nab illegal dumpers

Published: Thu, May 5, 2011 @ 4:39 p.m.

Tired of the dozens of illegal dumping sites in Youngstown, city council members say they plan to take action.

City council members decided today at a special meeting to introduce legislation, as early as May 18, to purchase up to 10 cameras that would be placed at some of the worst sites of illegal dumping in an effort to crack down on the problem and prosecute those committing the illegal acts.

Council members spoke today with Rich Gilbertson, regional manager for Q-Star Technology, a Torrance, Calif.-based company, by teleconference about cameras.

Council wants to purchase up to 10 cameras and three fake cameras — the latter would be used to trick those who illegally dump debris on vacant lots that they’re being watched — possibly as early as this month. It would cost the city about $55,000 for the cameras. The fake cameras cost about $300 each.

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1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Amazing I have rebar coming through the sidewalk in front of my house that I cant get replaced and these idiots 55k+ for cameras that will probably cost antother 100k to moniter

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2oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Three hundred each for fake cameras ??? I just bought a 4 camera system with a 500 gigabyte hard drive and internet conectivity for 350.00. I guess when you spend someone elses money it dont matter. And you wonder why people cheat on their taxes.

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3InColumbiana(63 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow, $300/fake? Seriously? At most that's $50 in hardware, is it taking them 10 hours to install it or something?

And only "up to" 10 cameras? At $55,000 that better include 10 working (motion sensitive, day/night) cameras, the 3 dummies AND the power and comms drops on all 13 sites so you can swap cameras around. If that's the case, then you're only slightly high, but in a reasonable range. If it's anything less, then you need to do a bid process and advertise the RFP.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Doesn't council think the dumpers will just move where the cameras aren't? Talk about taxpayer money waste!

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5atek101(77 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Something definitely needs to be done to address this issue, though, especially in our neighborhoods.

Dumpers don't seem to care whether a vacant lot is next to someone's home or an old industrial site, they indiscriminately dump their trash and waste right in the middle of city neighborhoods with no regard for nearby families, homeowners, or children.

It's bad enough we have to deal with vacant homes in our neighborhoods, we don't need them covered in trash too.

While I'm not sure surveillance cameras are going to be enough to keep dumpers from doing this, I applaud Council for trying to at least do something to address the issue.

It's our responsibility to do something, too. We, as residents of the city, can't take this sitting down: we need to report dumpers to the police when we see them in action. And on top of that, we need to organize cleanups of dumping sites in our neighborhoods for the safety of our kids and to deter this type of activity from happening again.

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