Decatur City Commission Approves Security Camera Upgrades for Police Department

Decatur City Commission Approves Security Camera Upgrades for Police Department

New security cameras are being ordered for the Decatur Police Department and will be installed shortly. At its meeting on July 17, the city commission approved a contract with Johnson Controls for $28,180.36 as well as a $30,000 project budget for the upgrades.

This contract and other items on the agenda were approved by the city commission with a 3-0 vote. Lesa Mayer and George Dusenbury, as well as Mayor Patti Garrett, Mayor Pro Tem Tony Powers, and Commissioner Kelly Walsh, were absent from the meeting.

“Johnson Controls currently operates our access control and cameras within the police department now,” Scott Richards, the chief of police, said. “The police department is about nine years old, and several of the cameras there require an upgrade. As a further measure to reduce any security risks we may have, there are areas inside the building that did not have cameras when it was constructed and now require cameras.”

Richards added that the extra cameras will increase security for the general public and city workers by allowing for more surveillance inside and outside the police station and its parking lots.

Johnson Controls will install two additional cameras in the 911 center, making a total of five new cameras. Two cameras will be taken out of the 911 center and put in different places throughout the police department.

In other business:

The commercial kitchen in Hawkins Hall at Legacy Park will be upgraded thanks to a contract that the Decatur City Commission approved with CGS, LLC in the amount of $57,850 and a project budget of $80,000.

There are three separate kitchen spaces in Hawkins Hall’s kitchen area. The project will update the commercial kitchen to code. The renovations are required for Legacy Decatur to use the space, according to Executive Director of Legacy Decatur Madeleine Henner, and the group is working on leasing the space to a nonprofit tenant.

“A new dock that is ADA accessible will be installed as part of the project. That’s at the side of our building where we have a lot of parking,” Henner said. “The replacement of that will allow Legacy Park to keep developing as a destination for celebrations, which excites us.”

The back portion of the kitchen will also get an ADA bathroom, and some plumbing will be moved into the warming kitchen.

“The final pieces of that will be installing a fire door between the commercial kitchen that we’ll lease out from the rest of the building, so should there be an emergency, folks can exit through the event space, but it would alert the rest of the building,” Henner said. “We support using that dock and ADA ramp as the primary entrance and exit.”

The case 580SN loader/backhoe from GJ&L, Inc. was approved for purchase by the city commission for $111,890. and authorized the city manager to execute the five-year lease purchase financing through the Governmental Association of Georgia.

“This equipment will allow the cemetery crews to safely and efficiently open and close grave sites with dependable equipment,” Felix Floyd, the assistant director of public works, noted in a memo. “Each requirement for the Cemetery Operation is met or exceeded by the equipment included in the quote.”

The 2013 Tymco 600 Regenerative Air Street Sweeper was purchased from Sinclair Equipment Finance, LLC for $114,900, and the city commission approved the deal. A resolution to sign an additional lease to finance through the Georgia Municipal Association’s direct lease financing program was also approved by the board.

“The GMA lease pool does not normally finance used equipment,” David Junger, the deputy city manager, penned a memo. “The equipment’s approximate $114,900 price tag is its total cost. Starting with this fiscal year, the city will be required to make [four] payments totaling about $32,000 annually. The budget for the Solid Waste Enterprise fund for the fiscal year 2023–2024 includes and approves funding for the capital purchase.”

The City Schools of Decatur’s 20.3 mill millage rate was approved by the city commission. The final millage rate was authorized on June 15 by the Decatur School Board.

“As a reminder, the school board is the recommending authority by law, and also by law the city commission is the levying authority, and by law, the levying authority shall adopt the millage rate that is recommended to it by the recommending authority,” Andrea Arnold, the city manager.

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Source: decaturish

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