City to install security cameras around its Department of Public Works facility

Columbus is installing 20 new security cameras around its Department of Public Works buildings and parking area in the 2200 block of Kreutzer Drive.

Bryan Burton, director of Columbus Department of Public Works, explained to Columbus Board of Works members Tuesday that a recent security assessment of the city property revealed the need for the cameras.

The first question during the assessment was the location of the cameras, and Burton laughed as he told board members he had to reply that there were none.

“You failed the first question,” Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop deadpanned to the board.

The city will spend $20,235.84 with Koorsen Fire & Security for the cameras and other technology, which will include mobile viewing capabilities from a smart phone, laptop or other type of computer.

The Department of Public Works had budgeted $25,000 for the security system, so the Koorsen system comes in under budget, Burton said.

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