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Assurance given on surveillance cameras

The Town of Marilla's penchant for security has a neighbor concerned her privacy may be invaded.

Supervisor John Foss assured the neighbor, Sara Mocherie, during a meeting of the Town Board on Thursday night that soon-to-be-installed surveillance cameras on town property will not be pointed at her house or property.

Six new cameras and a video machine will be installed around the community center and Town Hall in a bid to halt vandalism.

Mrs. Mocherie noted teenagers have been congregating there and smoking marijuana as late as 2 to 3 a.m.

Foss said shields will be put on security lights installed by Allen Electric of Eden, which will cost $9,570, and come with a two-year maintenance agreement.

"There is enough damage to our property," Foss said. "It's the board's job to protect town property, and these are the steps we're taking."

Foss advised Mocherie to contact Erie County sheriff's deputies if she sees anyone on the property again.

"The problem is you have to be able to see the people, identify them and be willing to testify in court if necessary," the supervisor said.

In other matters:

*During a public hearing on community development block grant funds, several residents spoke out in support of railings on each side of the Veterans Walkway to assist senior citizens using canes or walkers.

*The board voted, 4-0, to join the Monroe County Workers' Compensation Plan, which is expected to save the town thousands of dollars. The plan will take effect Jan. 1.

*A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to seek public input on a request by Leon Berner for a permit for a flag lot.

*The board approved the purchase of a color copier through a state bid at a cost of $7,495.

*The board will hold a work session on the 2007 budget in Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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