Following a June 29 incident at Crawford Town Hall that resulted in the filing in Delta County Court of a protection order against a town citizen, Crawford council will vote at the Aug. 2 meeting to approve purchase and installation of security cameras to be placed in town hall.
At the July 20 work session, public works director Bruce Bair was directed by council to research camera systems. Bair reported finding a pretty good wireless system for $250 per camera. A cheaper option lacked image clarity and audio, said Bair. Bair suggested the town begin with one camera and decide if another is necessary, and said he will present options to council at the August meeting.
Town clerk Cally Gallegos said the town has more than $2,000 of credit with the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) a common-risk management and insurance program of which the town is a member.
Trustee Tammy Broughton, who was absent from the last two meetings, asked why the town decided it needed security cameras. After the incident, replied Gofforth, "We feel that it would be for the safety of all employees and also to be able to back up any problems that we might have."
"Do we have a problem that we need cameras?" asked Broughton.
Gofforth said they may, but they don't know, adding that it was discussed with town attorney James Brown, "And he suggested this would be a good idea."
Gallegos, who filed the protection order against Carl Page, said that most clerks have a law enforcement officer nearby at all times, but that Crawford doesn't have a police department. The town's only option is to call the sheriff, she said.
Broughton asked if the incident was "that big of a deal that you needed to call the police?"
"Obviously I did," said Gallegos. "I felt like it was a big deal. I don't . . . know (Page) from Adam, and if my husband came into your office and started screaming at you and shaking his finger at you, what would you do?"
Broughton said she's been yelled at "a hundred times."
"We're not going to discuss this any further tonight," said Gofforth.
"I'm not even talking about the case," said Broughton. ". . . I've had people cuss me out, threaten me. I don't have cameras. I didn't call the police."
"Do you want me to shoot someone when they come in and attack me?" asked Gallegos.
"It's your right, it's your right to bear arms," said Broughton.
"Yeah, it is," said Gallegos, "but then I get to live with it."
Gofforth reminded council the cameras will be purchase with CIRSA money and won't come out of the budget. "That's what CIRSA money is for, it's for the protection and workman's comp and that kind of thing."
"Just a basic security procedure," said trustee John Paton.
"I think we need it," said trustee Hetty Todd.
Council also discussed the possibility of adding a second phone line, to be designated for the facsimile machine.