Town of Benton plans to install security cameras

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express

In considering bids for a seven-camera surveillance system, The Town of Benton chose Covert Security Inc. of Penn Yan for a cost of $6,230. The system will include five bullet and two dome cameras to cover the building entrances and interior rooms with higher resolution of 4 megapixels, infrared capability, and remote focusing. This system, along with new furniture for the Benton Town Court were partially paid for by a $5,815 Justice grant received last year.

In a related matter, the town board voted unanimously to end the policy of renting out the town hall for non-government uses. The extra burden it placed on staff, disarming the security system on weekends, the new court furnishings, and insurance liabilities were cited as reasons.

In other business:

•  Assessor: Supervisor John Prendergast will be meeting with Torrey Supervisor Patrick Flynn and County Real Property Tax Director Pat Brede to discuss appointing a new tax assessor for Benton and Torrey. Current Assessor Mary Lilyea will be retiring in July, but will stay on as a part-time assessor for the Town of Potter.

• Skype meetings: As the board considers allowing remote video attendance by board members via Skype, Prendergast will meet with Penn Yan School Superintendent Howard Dennis. The school board has been using Skype for their meeting for several years.

• History: Town Historian Eleanor Parker submitted a large binder with the collected news and events from Benton in 2016 to become part of the town’s archives.

• Trailer: The board approved the purchase of a 22’ flat tilt bed trailer by the Highway Dept. for $6,390 out of the equipment reserve.

•  E-Waste: The board approved hiring a truck and two men from E-Waste Inc. for $2,700 to be part of the town cleanup day June 17 to collect unwanted televisions, computer monitors, and electronic equipment at no cost for Benton residents. The town has applied for a grant to cover half the cost.