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City Council Addresses Clarksburg Security Measures

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Officials across the country are re-evaluating security measures in public buildings after last month's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Clarksburg City Council took up the issue at its meeting Thursday night.

Council members voted to upgrade its digital recording system in council chambers, which would improve the capacity of its surveillance footage.

City manager Martin Howe said the building's current technology can only store surveillance video for three to five days. The new system would allow officials to playback video for up to 90 days.

Mayor Patsy Trecost said he knows any situation can happen anywhere and wants to upgrade security in the city's schools as well.

"These are the times we live in, and we can't be cautious enough with the security of our citizens that come into the building, as well as our employees," said Trecost. "This building is stacked from top to bottom, and we're going to do everything we can to keep them safe and feel secure in a work environment."

Also on the agenda: City council members introduced an ordinance that would prevent non-motorized vehicles, such as mobile homes, trailers, and boats, from parking on city streets. Trecost said since houses in downtown Clarksburg sit close to each other without a garage, residents rely on street parking.

"Because we're working class people here, whether it's white-collar or blue-collar, we have to have a place to park our vehicle so we can commute to work and back," said Trecost. "So what's happening is, a trailer is taking a spot from someone that's wanting to come home from work for the evening, and they go back to work the next day."

Trecost said the city isn't trying to punish residents but stressed that citizens are a priority. He said council will have a second reading of the ordinance at the city's next meeting.