Digital security cameras and pump station upgrade added to 2014 Capital Plan

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$30,000 for a new vehicle for the Information Technology Department was also suggested by City staff, but was turned down by City Council. 

“If the indication from staff was that we needed another small vehicle for running around, then that’s something that I might be able to deal with,” argued Mayor Lori Ackerman, “but if it’s specifically for two to three people and they’re going to keep their equipment in there, which is going to be sitting in the parking lot, I have issues with that.” 

The $140,000 from reserves for new security cameras at facilities would be upgraded to digital from analog, which Director of Finance Mike Roy says will have better resolution. 

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“Right now we have an analog system out there, but we have a lot of cameras that are down. They’re constantly being down, so we’re looking at instead of replacing all the cameras that we need to replace with analog, going with a digital system.” 

New analog cameras alone would cost $500 each, so Roy argues digital ones are a better investment long-term. Ones installed at the Waste Water Transfer Station would be moved once it is closed down. As it was pointed out in discussions about potential contamination at that station, Director of Integrate Services Victor Shopland also argues cameras with better clarity could help catch those dumping illegally. 

As for the pump station upgrade, Shopland explains that $45,000 is for a better air screening system improve ventilation. 

“Currently there’s large fans that blow air into the station, and with it goes a lot of poplar fuzz and moss, and that gets up into the screens and the vents on the equipment inside, and causes a lot more maintenance.” 

Funds for sewer lagoon fencing have also been reduced for 2014 and increased for 2015/2016. 

Today’s additions bring the total revised capital plan to $31.28 million. Adoption of the 2014 Five-Year Capital Plan is expected on December 9.


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