Downtown Cameras, Fee Write Offs to be Considered in Bryan

It's a bill Bryan officials say will likely go unpaid. Tuesday, the city council will vote to write off $900,000 it's owed.

The money is from ambulance fees between October 2006 and September 2007. The city has collectors make efforts over a 12-month period to get those who needed ambulances to pay the fees, but city staff says it's highly unlikely they get the money they're owed after a year of trying.

Collection efforts will continue, but this nearly-$1 million write-off is an annual tradition for the city.

Also Tuesday, a $103,000 purchase is up for discussion at the council meeting. If approved, six digital video cameras would be placed in Downtown Bryan.

It's a recommendation by BPD's Criminal Intelligence Unit, and the first phase of a proposed surveillance network in the city to cut down on crime.

While increased safety and improved investigations are noted by city staff in their council report, they also state some residents might find the cameras intrusive.

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