Camera surveillance coming to downtown Millsboro

MILLSBORO – Smile, you’re on candid camera.

Video surveillance is coming to a section of Millsboro’s downtown district through grant money allocated to the Millsboro Police Department through the Fund to Combat Violent Crimes.

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, in a Sept. 4 presentation to town council, said Millsboro Police Department was approved for $35,016.45 in fiscal year 2019 FCVC funding.

In addition to the surveillance system, Chief Calloway requested council’s approval that FCVC funding be used to cover drug enforcement overtime hours, rental vehicles and drug surveillance. Council unanimously approved the request.

The surveillance system encompasses installation of nine cameras along portions of Main Street. Cameras will be installed at participating businesses – not utility poles – and monitored from within the police station.

“When we first started this project, the plan was to put these on telephone poles in the area on Main Street from Dollar General all the way down to our police department. The problem with that is Delmarva Power will not allow us to put these on poles,” said Chief Calloway. “So, I had to reach out to businesses. Several businesses, we asked if we could put these on, and they have agreed to do that. You just need power from that business.”

“We are already a low crime town. I think that the thinking is that this camera system will just make Millsboro even safer,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson.

The supplier is Advan Tech, a reputable company based in Dover that has state contracts, said Chief Calloway.

He added the hope is to have this project initiated before the first of the year.

The surveillance system coincides with the town’s Main Street project, which includes new sidewalks, street lighting enhancement and decorative brick pavers, plus water line replacement. The makeover project will encompass improvements on both sides of Main Street from State Street to Church Street.

“We’re also working with Delmarva Power, not only on additional lighting on Main Street as part of the Main Street improvements project, about the possibility to get some additional lighting on Central Alley just to the east of Main Street, to further enhance the safety downtown,” Mr. Hudson said. “It is a part of a broader effort.”

The entire Main Street improvement project is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day 2019.

Business/citizens academy

Millsboro Police Department plans to launch a business/citizens’ academy sometime this fall.

As a community outreach initiative, the academy will run about four weeks. It is designed “for any business if you want to learn about how not to be a victim,” said Chief Calloway.

The police department is reaching out to businesses.

While class dates are not yet finalized the hope is to start the academy in late October, Chief Calloway said. More information will be presented at Millsboro’s October town council meeting, the chief said.

Halloween: Oct. 31

Town council officially set the town’s observance of Halloween Trick or Treat for Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Again, a community event is being planned.

Chief Calloway said Millsboro police patrolman Liana Dodson has volunteered to take the reins in organizing that event, which will be held at the lot next to the Dairy Queen.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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