Big Brother may be watching you in Ottumwa

Ottumwa officials are expected to take up a proposal to put cameras in downtown to deter crime.

The Ottumwa Courier says the City Council on Tuesday is to consider whether to allow the police chief to enter into agreements with various business and building owners to put cameras on their buildings. Part of the deal requires the business or building owner to pay the cost of electricity to run the cameras and transmit images back to the police station. The cost is expected to be minimal.

Police Chief Jim Clark says they have not determined where the cameras will be located or how many will be installed. The equipment and installation is funded through a grant. Clark hopes to have the cameras ready by June 1.