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BLACK RIVER — Following a weekend break-in at the village municipal building, 107 Jefferson Place, village officials called a special meeting Monday night to discuss tightening security at the offices.

Seth A. Scott, 18, of Cape Vincent, is accused of breaking into the building Sunday morning. Mayor Leland J. Carpenter said he was awakened by the police scanner at his home, went to the office and learned that the exterior front door had been yanked open. No damage was caused, and nothing was taken. State police charged Mr. Scott with third-degree criminal trespass. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 27 at LeRay Town Court.

Superintendent of Public Works Steven L. Lillie reported on Monday that the door had been repaired. He said the vertical rod which secures the door had “seized up,” causing the door not to lock properly.

At present, only the village clerk’s office has an alarm system through Creg Security Systems.

Mr. Carpenter said an alarm in other areas of the municipal building would be problematic due to the number of people who have access to the building day and night.

“We have talked of cameras and the time has come,” the mayor said.

Trustee Randolph E. Lake disagreed.

“Cameras won’t solve anything — just give evidence when it’s done,” Mr. Lake said.

Mr. Lillie suggested the board have cameras installed at the village garage and look into having Craig install additional motion sensors throughout the building.

The superintendent was tasked with purchasing two camera systems from Sam’s Club at a cost not to exceed $25,000.

In other business, a disgruntled parent had the board reviewing its policies for the summer recreation program.

Richard G. Fifield questioned why as a village taxpayer he should have to pay for his daughter’s trip with the recreation program to go to Enchanted Forest in Old Forge.

Village Clerk Kathie B. Montigelli said it has been past practice that only children who participate in the program throughout the summer are treated to the season end trip. Since Mr. Fifield’s daughter had been busy with sports and did not attend the recreation program, he was charged for the admission price.

The board decided that since it was not a written policy, Mr. Fifield’s daughter should be allowed to go on the trip free of charge. The board decided it would formalize regulations dealing with the summer program.

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