Thirty surveillance cameras will monitor Park City Library
March 7, 2015
There will be 30 closed circuit security cameras installed in the renovated Park City Library and Education Center, the most at any municipal facility, as City Hall continues its broad efforts to ensure the safety of people using public buildings.
The Park City Council recently authorized a contract with a firm called Avtec Systems Integrator for the work. It is a division of Cache Valley Electric. The contract is valued at up to $91,379. City Hall will fund the purchase with municipal monies rather than federal grants, which are sometimes used for security upgrades.
There were 10 cameras in the Library and Education Center prior to the start of the renovation. Nine of those will be reinstalled and 21 new cameras will be installed.
Hugh Daniels, who is City Hall’s emergency programs manager, said there was not "real good coverage previously" at the Library and Education Center. The increased number of cameras was needed to provide surveillance in the reconfigured building and position cameras on the third floor, where there was none prior to the renovation. Daniels said the Park City Cooperative Preschool, located on the third floor, was a factor in the plans to install cameras on that level.
Daniels said he anticipates the cameras will be installed starting next week. The cameras will be fully operational when the Library and Education Center reopens later this year after the renovation, he said.
The Park City Police Department monitors the camera feeds. Several City Hall staffers also have access to the feeds.
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There will be 136 closed circuit security cameras installed in municipal buildings once the 30 are put into the Library and Education Center, Daniels said. He said the cameras have captured footage of acts of vandalism and thefts.
"A lot of their value is forensic, after the fact," he said.
The contract with Avtec Systems Integrator also involves electronic access controls for 25 doors at the Library and Education Center. The doors previously had traditional locks and keys.
"The installation of security equipment and subsequent training of Library staff meet the goals of the City’s Building Security Committee as approved by the City Manager," Daniels wrote in a report distributed to Mayor Jack Thomas and the City Council prior to the recent contract authorization. "Further this improves the safety and security of employees and patrons of the Library."
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