Grant to Bring Security Cameras to Homer’s Village – Cortland Voice

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Homer Village board members on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that would bring three new security cameras and public Wi-Fi to the village as part of Homer’s investment through a grant from the State of New York.

The new cameras would be covered by a Smart Cities grant, a state program that helps with municipal infrastructure projects. Village Mayor Hal McCabe gave examples of what the village plans to do under the scheme, including providing free Wi-Fi in public areas and extensive security systems in the form of cameras monitoring. Recently, the village introduced LED lighting as part of its street lighting system at the end of 2020.

“If the village put in $40,000 of our own investment (in infrastructure technology), we would get another $60,000 from the Smart Cities grant,” the mayor said. “So the village got $100,000 worth of technology, which included a lot of cameras, which we need.”

McCabe noted that one example of how cameras could be useful is the ability to identify hit-and-run offenders.

Areas for new cameras as discussed by the board include Harry A. Calale Park, Glenwood Cemetery and Newton Park. The village’s deputy mayor, Pat Clune, also suggested placing a camera at the intersection of Albany Street and Main Street.

“These cameras have to go on LED streetlights if we’re going to use Smart Cities money,” McCabe said. He noted that he would consult with Homer Police Chief Bob Pitman to decide where to place the cameras.

Village Treasurer Tanya Digennaro said there was $16,635.38 left from the Smart Cities grant, which would allow the village to install three additional LED lights as part of street lighting if needed.

As for the new public Wi-Fi, internet access will extend from City Hall to the Homer Arts Center and Village Green, McCabe said. The schedule for this project has not yet been determined.

“It will allow people who visit the village to use it,” said the mayor. “Additionally, there are many students who attend our schools who do not have internet access, or internet access that is not good enough where they live. This will give them another place to work.