Neighbors won’t be the only ones keeping watch in White Suphur Springs.
The mayor says the city is working to install 15 to 30 security cameras in parks and on Main Street. He says the purpose of the cameras is to keep an eye on crime in the city. Mayor Bruce Bowling described the crimes they see saying, “Trespassing and, you know, we’re like every small town. There’s drug issues around. There’s no question about it. And we’re gonna do something about it.”
The city-funded project will cost 30 to 40 thousand dollars. The mayor says that cost is equivalent to the salary of one-and-a-half White Sulphur Springs police officers. Mayor Bruce Bowling said,”I had several people come up, particularly that live around Dick Gunnoe park that say after dark there’s some stuff going on over there. I can’t stage a policeman there all night long because they have other things to do. This kind of adds a policeman to every park.”
The mayor says city hopes to have the cameras installed by the end of 2018.