City to buy cameras to nab illegal dumpers

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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