Rhinebeck ponders video monitoring at town transfer station

Daily Freeman-6 months before

The Town Board took up the matter lat week but delayed taking a vote until members are certain what protocols will be in place for accessing the recordings.

Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia said the system should be available for town officials to watch at locations other than the transfer station office.

“This just seems archaic to me to have to go to the transfer station to watch a digital recording,” Spinzia said. “Don’t we just want to be able to log on?”

Town Board members noted there is no internet connection at the transfer station, which would limi... the ability to copy and videos to a portable device.

The surveillance system is being considered as a way to monitor any vandalism at the transfer station and identify people who drive off without paying.

Spinzia said video monitoring also should be considered for the town's Thompson-Mazzarella Park.

“There was some graffiti down at the town park ... and we may have to get cameras for there as well,” she said.

In a related matter, town officials said equipment at the former town landfill has been damaged by drivers of all-terrain vehicles.

“We have a very large capped landfill up on Stone Church [Road], and there are about ... nine vents on it,” Spinzia said. “People are ATV'ing around there, and all of our vents have been broken.”

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