DC Mayor Gray's Fence Is Back; This Time You're Paying For It

4:22 PM, Feb 9, 2011   |    comments
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DC Tax Dollars are funding Mayor Gray's new fence and security system at his private residence.

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- You can't miss the changes that are going up around the private home of the District's new Mayor Vincent Gray.

As part of the mayor's security, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier has ordered Gray's house be wired for a sophisticated surveillance system. Cameras are being mounted on poles at every corner of the property in Southeast, DC.

Neighbors around Gray's home say they like the added security.

"I think it's absolutely awesome. I cannot believe what it does to the property itself," said neighbor Dorothy Anthony.

The Mayor's new security upgrades include an impressive new fence that straddles the corner property. Workers were dispatched to the Gray home Saturday to quickly erect the steel bars.

Last year, Gray had started to build a fence around his property. That renovation led to a memorable, public and political battle between the current mayor and the former mayor, Adrian Fenty.

Fenty cited numerous zoning violations, forcing Gray to tear down the half-built fence.

Now, the fence is back up. That fence, the new security cameras and the security shack, are all part of a major security upgrade that is being funded by the city. In other words, the fence Former Mayor Fenty forced current Mayor Gray to take down, has been rebuilt, legally, by you, the taxpayer.

The current estimated cost to complete the security work at Mayor Gray's residence is approximately $62,400. This includes the cost for the fence, which is approximately $6,500 of the price tag, according to DC Police.

By Bruce Johnson

9NEWS NOW and wusa9.com

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