DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Board of Commissioners gave its approval to an agreement with the City of Greenville to install a surveillance camera outside the Darke County Courthouse.
Commissioners Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall signed the contract between the county and city at its Monday session. Commission Diane Delaplane was excused from attendance because she is on vacation.
The surveillance camera will be mounted on a light post in front of the courthouse at the corner of Broadway and West Fourth Streets. It will primarily cover the area of the county’s veteran’s memorial and flagpole, the gazebo, the courthouse front entrance and the sidewalk in front of the building.
The camera will be one of two outdoor cameras on Broadway, with the other camera mounted on a nearby business which will provide surveillance coverage for the sidewalk in front of, and the entrance to, the Darke County Administration Building.
Under terms of the agreement, Darke County will cover the cost of installation and maintenance of the camera, while Greenville will cover the cost of electricity to the operate the camera, estimated at approximately $30 per year.
The city’s portion of the agreement was approved by the Greenville City Council at its July 7 meeting. The commissioners needed the city’s approval as the light pole upon which the camera will be mounted is property of the city.
Captain Ted Bruner of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office said the camera is part of a larger security upgrade effort taking place at the courthouse.
“It will help record activities at the courthouse, to offer added security for employees and visitors there and at surrounding properties,” he said.
Bruner, along with the commissioners, said no particular incident prompted the move for additional security at this spot, but did note there had been a few instances in the past where camera surveillance at this location could have been helpful to law enforcement.
The cameras record digitally and their recording times can be set for various lengths of time. Bruner said he believed the cameras currently in place on courthouse grounds are set to record for 14 days.