The Carbondale City Council approved a second wave of outdoor security cameras for the downtown at its most recent meeting on Oct. 17.
Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said at the meeting the cameras are an attempt to deter and solve crime, as well as enhance the public’s perception of safety, as part of the city’s overall policing strategy.
In December, cameras were installed along Illinois Avenue between College Street and Cherry Street.
Williams said this phase will cover a five-block area of South Illinois Avenue from south of South Mill Street to north of West Cherry Street.
He said there are five positions where camera housings for this system will be located and affixed to the new decorative streetlight poles. The camera housings and cameras will be powder coated black in order to match the light poles for aesthetic purposes.
“This phase will also anchor the infrastructure necessary for the expansion of any future phases which may occur on South Illinois Avenue,” Williams said.
The project was awarded to Thomas Security, Incorporated in the amount of $43,874. The other bid came from The Rite Group, located in Jackson, Missouri for $59,499.39.
The funds for the project will come from the Police Department’s FY2018 budget, which includes funds for security cameras.
The council approved the measure 6-0. Councilman Loos abstained from voting. He told The Times his law firm has performed legal work for the owner of Thomas Security and felt it would be best to remove himself from the vote.