COLUMBIA — Placing security cameras downtown is a good idea, members of the Chamber of Commerce say.
The chamber issued a news release Thursday endorsing the initiative petition, that appears on the April 6 ballot, calling for cameras.
The chamber's board of directors had previously approved a recommendation from the Government Affairs Committee encouraging the City Council to revisit the downtown camera issue, but the request was denied. A group of Columbia citizens later presented the council with a petition to allow citizens to vote on the issue in April.
In the news release, chamber board Chairman Byron Hill urged citizens to support the initiative, which the chamber sees as a crime-fighting tool.