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Madison Officials Discuss Installing Security Cameras Downtown

Patch logo Patch 11/18/2019 Jack Kramer
a car parked on the side of a road © Jack Kramer

MADISON, CT - Installing security cameras to monitor the downtown area in Madison was talked about at one of the recent meetings of the Board of Police Commissioners.

While everyone in attendance seem to agree it was a good idea, there was one problem that kept coming up: who would cover the multi-million cost of the project.

Some have estimated the overall cost of such a project as more than $4 million.

Police Chief Jack Drumm said some of the banks might be willing to assist to fund. The chief said the goal of such an auspicious project would be “trying to protect the people who work here.”

Drumm added that when/if a camera system was installed downtown it would likely be supplemented by an enhanced speeding sign system to deter drivers from breaking the speed limit.

He and others noted that cameras provided incredible footage from the big fire downtown several years ago.

Selectman Al Goldberg said there’s never been a policy discussion about cameras; it’s probably time to do so.

Chairman Ed Dowling feels it is appropriate to have the discussion to enable the chief to translate technology into effectiveness.

Commissioner Steve Shaw added everyone is on board with the concept.

Again, it just comes back to how to pay for it.

Tinkering with the downtown area is not a new topic.

For a number of years, police and town officials also have been talking about the idea of installing at least one crosswalk in the middle of the busy road, in part because pedestrians often cut across the road anyway.

But that issue hasn’t gone far because Route 1 falls under the jurisdiction of the state - it is not a town of Madison road under regulations of Madison laws.

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