Michigan Town Considering Outdoor Cameras to Protect City Hall

Security cameras may soon capture the happenings outside of Bay City Hall.

The city is considering installing the cameras in response to an incident Monday when vandals slashed the tires of vehicles owned by City Commissioners Christopher J. Shannon, 1st Ward, and Michael E. Wooley, 2nd Ward. The incident took place during Monday night's Commission meeting, said City Clerk Dana L. Muscott.

"We're getting quotes right now to install (security cameras)," she said. "Monday night brought (the security issue) to the forefront more than anything. We probably should have had some type of security camera out there before."

Wooley said he would like to know the cost of cameras, but philosophically, he doesn't think it's necessary.

"I'm not going to spend the taxpayers' money to try to protect myself," he said.

Both Shannon and Wooley exited City Hall, 301 Washington Ave., shortly after 10 p.m. Monday to each find one of their tires punctured. The meeting took place from 6:30 p.m. to about 9:45 p.m.

Police Chief Michael J. Cecchini, who was in attendance at Monday's Commission meeting, said earlier this week that he received a call shortly after the meeting from Wooley about the incident. Cecchini said he heard from the investigating officer that there was evidence that the damage to the tires was caused by a "spike or screw driver or some sharp object."