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Massena Village Board approves cameras at DPW sites

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MASSENA - The village’s Board of Trustees has approved more than $7,000 for surveillance cameras to monitor misconduct at the Water Treatment Plant and the Department of Public Works.

DPW Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said these cameras are needed to prvent theft and trespassing at the DPW. The department has had salt, chipped stone and other equipment stolen; once vandals stole a motor and buried it nearby, Mr. Fayad said.

“We also have people who fly up and down that sand-pile with (all-terrain vehicles),” Mr. Fayad said. “If it continues, I’ll have no other recourse than to close off the backyard (of the DPW).”

The DPW has also had issues of people dumping trash into the landfill, which is strictly for brush, leaves and grass clippings. Dumping some items could pose a safety hazard, Mr. Fayad said.

“We hire a contractor to grind that stuff up, and if there’s a bicycle part in there that they don’t see (it could pose a safety risk),” Mr. Fayad said.

The surveillance cameras will transmit feed to the office of Mr. Fayad, who plans to report anyone who does not have authorization to be there. He noted that to dump brush in the DPW site on South Main Street one must first obtain a voucher from their offices at 85 Robinson Rd.

“We want to keep the facility open for public use, but we don’t want it getting abused,” Mr. Fayad said.

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