City installing additional security at public works department

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

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

The first question during the assessment was the current location of cameras, and Burton laughed as he told board members 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.

Cost of the new system will be shared with one half being paid for by the Department of Public Works and the other half by ColumBUS Transit, which operates the city bus system. Burton explained that the transit department parks its buses at the Department of Public Works property, and agreed to share the cost.

The cameras will provide indoor and outdoor surveillance of the property, according to the contract.

Burton said while the cameras will provide additional security on the city property, Department of Public Works employees already have one of the best security systems in place.

Columbus Police officers routinely stop in at the location every hour day and night to refill their patrol cars, providing constant surveillance, he said.

“We do want to thank you for that,” Burton said, looking back at Columbus Police Chief Jon Rohde, who was sitting in the audience during the meeting.