Push to install new security cameras at city hall stalls - KMOV.com

Push to install new security cameras at city hall stalls

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Officials said an effort to install new security cameras is stalling because voters must weigh on how it is paid for.

The effort began after a bomb scare resulted in the building being placed on lockdown in April.  St. Louis City Director of Operations Todd Waelterman previously said a new surveillance system would be installed by July because many deem the current system out of date, offering poor resolution.

Officials said an upgrade would be very expensive and paying for the cameras has been a sticking point for months.

“We’ve got some estimates in and we are looking at over $100,000 to revamp the thing and get the cameras,” said Waelterman.

One alderman said the camera issue must be addressed immediately.

“I honestly think there should be money set aside in the budget to take care of the needs of cameras and other issues,” Alderman Joe Vaccaro said. “It is something I will be hammering on when we get back in session.”

Waelterman said funding for the cameras would come from a $180 million bond issue that city resident will vote on August 4. If it the measure is passed, Waetlerman said it will be several months before the cameras are installed.

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