Madison County mulls landfill, body cameras

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WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Board of Supervisors held their closeout meeting for 2021, with studies of the landfill and body cams on the agenda.

The Board met Thursday morning, with 10 supervisors attending via Zoom. A public hearing was held on local law number five, fixing the salaries of certain county officials for the year 2022 — but no one was present to speak.

Resolution 5 was passed, authorizing Chairman John Becker to enter into an agreement with Cornerstone Engineering and Geology for engineering services.

Madison County issued a request for Cornerstone to comprehensively analyze landfill management and make any recommendations to improve its long-term sustainability.

The Madison County Solid Waste Committee conducted several interviews with engineering firms this past year and recommended Cornerstone for the study over a one-year term. The study will begin on Jan. 1, 2022, and will end on Dec. 31, 2022, at a cost not to exceed $75,000.

The supervisors had no further discussion at the meeting, and it was passed unanimously.
Resolution 6 authorized the chairman to enter into an agreement with Axon Enterprise.
Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood expressed a need to equip the deputy sheriffs with body cameras.

During the police reform initiative, where police agencies asked people for input, local residents asked why the Madison County Sheriff’s Office didn’t have body cameras.

During a question and answer session in 2020, Hood said the Sheriff’s Office used body cameras for six months in the jail as a trial run. Hood explained that while the corrections officer had a positive experience using body cameras, the problem was the budget.

“Body cameras for both corrections staff and the criminal division would come at a high cost, as well as the cost to retain and store the information,” Hood wrote.

A budget has been allocated for body cams. Hood said will be used to help the Madison County Sheriff's Office serve and protect the community. On top of this, Hood said the cameras will help protect deputies and corrections officers from false accusations of misconduct and frivolous law suits.

Madison County is entering an agreement with Axon Enterprise for around $32,000 over the course of five years, not to exceed approximately $163,000. The agreement will run from March 15, 2022, to March 14, 2026. There will also be a one-time implementation and training fee of $2,750.

The resolution was passed unanimously and without further discussion.

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