$76K will bring new safety cameras, cones, and barriers to Berlin

BERLIN, Md.- The Town of Berlin is happy to be receiving $76,300 in state grant funding. It’s called the Maryland DHCD Community Safety Works Business District Grant.
Berlin’s Economic and Community Development Director told 47ABC they found out about this grant in January. One of the things the grant will go towards is new security cameras.
We are told this grant couldn’t have come at a better time because the town has had issues with some vandalism in downtown restrooms and there have been a couple of shoplifting incidents.
“I surveyed some of the business owners and obviously the police department first and foremost to find out where we really needed these cameras,” Ivy Wells, Economic and Community Development Director, said. “Parking lots were number one on our list, so all the downtown parking lots will have security cameras, plus the downtown streets.”
Not only will this money be helpful in getting cameras, it will also allow the town to buy Modular Vehicle Barriers. Last year, during a meeting, homeland security came to give the town tips on how to improve security, including for their events. The agency suggested these Modular Vehicle Barriers, but the town learned they’re expensive. Now, with this grant funding they’ll be able to go forward with purchasing them.
“When we are hosting an event here in Berlin, there’s nothing better than feeling safe when you’re having a good time,” Wells said. “You don’t always want to be looking over your shoulder and wondering if God forbid a car’s going to accidentally come through a barricade sometimes the wind knocks over our barricades we have right now,” Wells said.
A couple of more items this money will be used to buy are cones, barricades, and barrels, which we’re told the Public Works crew and the police could use.
The town said they are aiming to use this grant funding this summer.
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