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Borough Investing in Security Cameras to Prevent Vandalism

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council approved a resolution to purchase high resolution security cameras at its Monday, June 13 meeting.

The resolution enables the borough to purchase security cameras from Johnston Communications Voice and Data for approximately $92,000. The high resolution cameras will be placed both inside and outside the municipal center, at the municipal pool basketball court, tennis courts, community garden and Jaycee Park.

“You may wonder why we are spending so much on cameras,” Council President Michael Gennaro noted. Gennaro explained that the borough has spent and continues spending money on capital improvement projects and it wants to protect its investments. Unfortunately, there are individuals that have more than once damaged “brand spanking new” facilities. “We are installing these cameras not because we want to catch and punish people, but because we want to prevent this from occurring,” he said. “These facilities are built for everyone to enjoy”.

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The high resolution cameras are capable to zooming in on vehicle license plates, faces and clothing making it possible for authorities to recognize vandals.

The borough also approved a resolution to acquire body cameras for police officers. The cameras will be purchased from Taser International for approximately $112,800. The borough approved another resolution to purchase new cameras for police cars from Taser International for $16,380. Additionally, police cars will be supplied with new rifles.

In other news Mayor Al Morgan announced that the borough is planning an internet swap spot on the municipal parking lot. A lot of residents have been requesting it, he said as residents are not comfortable exchanging purchases done through Craigslist or Ebay at their homes. The borough is planning to allocate two parking spots near the police station for swaps. The spots will be under surveillance.

The council also approved a resolution to switch its telephone services to Spectrotel Holding Company LLC. This vendor switch will save the borough $250 per month on telephone services, Gennaro explained.

Furthermore, the council approved a resolution to renew its membership in the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council for a five year period starting Oct. 1, 2016. The membership allows municipalities to purchase products and services in bulk for “better deals” and thus saving money, Gennaro said.

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