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Rotary Club of Wadsworth pays for security cameras at Soprema Senior Center

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    Rotary Club of Wadsworth President Tim Manion, left, presents Public Services Director Robert Patrick, right, with a donation for the installation of four security cameras at the Soprema Senior Center during Tuesday's city council meeting.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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WADSWORTH — Four new security cameras will be installed in the Soprema Senior Center thanks to a $7,270 donation from the Rotary Club of Wadsworth.

Tim Manion, Rotary president, presented the check to city Public Services Director Robert Patrick during the regular Council meeting Tuesday evening.

“We are always looking for projects and ways that we can help our community,” Manion said during the meeting.

It was after a guest speaker from the Soprema Senior Center spoke with club members earlier this year that Rotary members realized they were in a position to provide some assistance.

(We identified) an opportunity where we could help and that was with the installation of four security cameras at the senior center to help prevent some vandalism, prevent some accidents and theft and things like that,” Manion said.

Patrick thanked the Rotary Club for the donation, and said the senior center is committed to both the personal safety of patrons, volunteers and staff, but also personal and city property at its 617 School Drive location.

“This donation here from the rotary will allow us to continue to move forward with that,” Patrick said.

Patrick said immediately following the meeting that the city meets with both Wadsworth City Schools the YMCA and Summa Health, which are all located within the same complex, on a monthly basis.

“We have had a lot of discussions about the whole facility,” Patrick said. “One thing is, there are cameras at the school, there are cameras at the Y(MCA), there are no cameras at the senior center.”

Patrick said there was one reported vandalism at the Soprema Senior Center last year, and since the other entities are connected to Wadsworth High School, it just made sense to add security cameras to the senior center as well.

“Just for general safety purposes, for theft purposes, but also then if there ever was an incident, dispatch, the police can have eyes because they have access to all the cameras,” Patrick said.

Patrick said the Rotary Club of Wadsworth applied for the funding through a regional chapter, and it is a great example of the individuals and organizations in the city that are seeking to make a difference in their community.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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