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Pasadena council met for the last time before the Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 election Monday night. From left, councillors Otto Goulding and Tom Wheaton, both of whom are running for mayor, speak with Helena Pittman and Brian Stone of Pasadena about the future marina.
PASADENA — Cameras have been installed on North Harbour Road in Pasadena and will be up and running in the next one to two weeks to catch illegal dumpers.
In early summer Pasadena council authorized a cleanup of the North Harbour Road area where Coun. Derek Anthony said some residents were dumping garbage illegally.
At the time, he said council would consider installing cameras to try and catch the perpetrators. During Monday night’s last public meeting of the current council before today’s election, deputy mayor Gemma Walsh announced the camera’s installation, saying she hoped it would help put an end to the illegal dumping.
“Within two weeks of cleaning up that area we found that people were dumping there again,” she said during the public meeting. “We want people to know that if they do this we will catch them and we won’t tolerate this from anyone.”
Two high-definition cameras at a total cost of $5,400 have been installed and will be in operation according to Anthony as soon as they are connected to the system. Another pole may have to be installed as well, he said. It’s a challenge because it’s such a remote area, and as for those who are caught, Anthony said he hopes charges can brought forward.
“I would like to see a full penalty, I’d like to see them brought to justice and to see this stop once and for all,” he said. “These cameras aren’t just for catching people, they’re for gathering evidence as well, which is just as important.”
The town cleaned up the area last year and found a lot of different kinds of garbage, including computer waste, old beds and auto parts.
Mayor Gary Bishop said at the time that a lot of the garbage would have been picked up off the curb by the town’s garbage collection services, meaning there was no need for the illegal dumping.