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Cedaredge now has 24/7 camera on Main Street

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Downtown Cedaredge has gotten its first 24/7 electronic eye on Main Street.

The device was recently installed and set in working order, according to a report from the public works department. The camera is mounted near the entrance to town hall.

Its basic purpose is to give snow removal crews who may live miles from the town an early-morning look at Main Street snow conditions. The view can be accessed remotely on home computer screens by the public works department personnel, according to presentations made at town board meetings.

"After all the problems we had getting the cameras, and then getting them to work, we finally have one of them up and running. This will be very helpful to see what is happening on Main Street, for snow removal or even surveillance if needed," states the public works department's report.

The police department has expressed interest in the technology and the project. It may be found to have application for security surveillance as well, Police Chief Dan Sanders has noted.

The chief also reported recently on some successes and some failures with a plan to equip patrol officers with body cams. He told the town board that a couple of complaints against officers had been dropped after body cam video was checked. But there have been some technological failures also.

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