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City officials are poring through proposals from four companies regarding purchase and installation of surveillance cameras for several Columbus locations.
They are proposed for Fourth and Washington streets at The Commons, 11th and Washington streets, Morningside Park in the East Columbus neighborhood and the Columbus Police Department training facility on Andrews Street. The city also will seek a second camera at Ninth Street Park.
When proposals were requested, city officials said they were considering use of the cameras to assist public-safety efforts near areas with a high number of police calls, such as the 11th and Washington streets intersection and Ninth Street Park, and to protect high-value public property at The Commons.
The cameras, which provide 24-hour surveillance, are Web-based and would allow police to monitor any location from the police department, their cars and mobile devices, Deputy Police Chief Todd Harry said.
Initial cost estimates for the project were about $116,300, which would be paid from a capital fund in the city technical advisory committee’s budget.
The four proposals offered Monday during the city’s Board of Works meeting were submitted by Wildfire Connections, Stanley Convergence Security Solutions, Security Pros and Federal Signal.
They were sought under Indiana Code 5-22-9, which outlines a request for proposal, which is a different process than seeking and opening bids on a public project, City Attorney Jeff Logston said.
The process allows the city to release the names of the companies but not the monetary value of their proposals, he said.
While the city knows the minimum specifications it needs on the cameras’ video resolution and storage capacity or time, for example, it doesn’t yet know how to implement the solution in terms of the number of cameras and locations, Logston said.
By keeping the dollar amounts private, as allowed by the statute, the city can negotiate a final price for the surveillance cameras without competitors’ offers becoming public, he said.
The process allows the city to negotiate a final plan, draw up a contract and make a purchase without going through a bidding process, Logston said.
Dollar amounts of the proposals and the basis of the award are made public after the Board of Works awards the contract, the statute says.
Harry said his department will make a recommendation on the purchase in a few weeks.
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