SAGAMORE HILLS -- Township trustees unanimously voted Jan. 9 to purchase security cameras for the township's fire substation and the service department building at a cost of no more than $14,000.

"I thought it was a good idea to do it," Trustee Paul Schweikert said. "If anybody breaks in or steals something, we should be able to apprehend them. Hopefully, it's something you purchase that you don't have to use. That would be the ideal situation."

He said everything in the fire substation and service department will be covered by the cameras. Trustees were not able to immediately say how many cameras will be purchased.

Trustees Tom Zaccardelli and David DePasquale both said the cameras are needed and Depasquale said there will be the same number of cameras at each site.

"I think they're a necessity," DePasquale said.

Schweikert said DePasquale investigated the different types of systems available

"That's the lowest price we received," Schweikert said.

The need for the additional security arose, in part, because of vandalism that caused the Northfield Center Township fire substation to close Sept. 19 for a couple days. At the time, Macedonia firefighters found what they thought was urine in and on turnout gear, and on the mattresses and floor in the building.

Later, a Summit County sheriff's investigation determined the contaminant was not human urine and was not toxic although the substance is still undetermined. It caused about $10,000 worth of damage, officials said.

"We want to make sure the buildings aren't vandalized in the future," Schweikert said. "It's a shame you have to do this. But if it happens, it will be on film and we'll see what's going on."

Schweikert said the same reason applies for the service department building.

"If somebody runs in there, grabs a tool and runs out, we'll have that on camera," he said. "It'll help us catch them."

Mike Lesko: 330-541-9432

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