Those cameras that were supposed to be set up along North Harbour Road to catch people dumping waste illegally will be set up in the spring.
Plans originally called for the installation of the cameras last fall but all of the equipment was not shipped in time. Then the weather turned bad, priorities shifted to winter duties and when the snow starts melting, says to Pasadena’s superintendent Stuart Foote, people will be watched if they try dumping.
“Right now you can barely get in there,” said Foote. “The cameras never materalized in time but we are still going ahead with (the program).”
Last year town officials went public with the fact that residents had been dumping garbage along the dirt road. In early summer there was so much garbage along North Harbour Road that machinery had to be utilized to clear it. It took more than three days to get the job completed and the most disheartening thing, said one councillor last year, is that a day after the area was cleaned up, someone had gone and dumped garbage back there again.
When the cameras are installed, staff say offenders will be caught. Town officials in Deer Lake say it’s a good start, having installed cameras in some areas of that town to catch vandals.
“They’ve already caught some vandals using that camera system,” said Deer Lake’s recreation supervisor Glynn Wiseman.
Wiseman said for Deer Lake, the surveillance system was a good investment. Cameras were installed two summers ago in various places, including the recreation centre.
“We were able to identify someone who was vandalizing a bathroom,” said Wiseman. “Once they saw that we had recorded them, there was nothing they could do but confess, so the cameras have really paid off for us.”
The cameras in Pasadena were purchased at a cost of just under $5,000.