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Port Projects Include Security Upgrade

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The Erie Port Authority today voted to move ahead with 3 significant bayfront improvement projects.

 The authority approved spending nearly $60,000 for dredging at 3 locations, and decided to move ahead with another phase of erosion control along Cascade Creek.

 And the authority took a step to improve security by hiring a consultant to begin connecting 16 new high-tech surveillance cameras to the Erie County 911 Center. The authority spent $275,000 on the cameras just last year. The goal of the project is to expand the reach of the cameras by allowing emergency services to tap into the feeds at anytime.

 Ray Schreckengost of the Erie Port Authority said, "If the 911 people get a call on something going on at Dobbins Landing, they can immediately get a real time camera on the action, whatever is going on there. They can see it directly in front of them on their computer."

Schreckengost says the cameras have already been used to help solve several crimes, from thefts to even the movements of a suspect in a murder in another state.

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