City Council Thursday night approved using half of a $10,276 federal grant to replace and reposition several cameras at City Hall.
The grant money is to be split equally by the city and Lycoming County for purchase of public safety equipment, according to city Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman.
Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the county, which is handling the release of the grant available through the U.S. Department of Justice.
Foresman said the purpose is to add cameras and make sure any "blind spots" are eliminated to allow the police watch commander to better monitor areas. It's also going to replace outdated cameras.
It is not linked to the proposal the city is considering to use a $450,000 federal grant for surveillance cameras at Memorial and Flanigan parks and possibly Newberry Park.
The city finance committee is expected to review the proposal May 16, and council is expected to vote on the camera project May 17.