Two new LPR cameras could arrive on Route 157

EDWARDSVILLE – The Edwardsville Police Department is about to install two number plate reading cameras (LPRs) somewhere on Route 157.

The public safety committee voted in favor of the proposal on Tuesday.

If the proposal is approved, two AutoVu SharpV cameras will be installed at some point during the current exercise along Highway 157, one of the primary means of entering and exiting the city. The cost should not exceed $ 16,000 and will be funded from the department’s federal forfeiture fund.

These cameras will be connected to a larger LPR network supported by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and, once online, will allow Edwardsville police officers to monitor connected cameras throughout the system.

Also on the ledger police side, the committee voted to buy a new Ford Explorer Hybrid Police Cruiser to replace the one hit by another motorist on August 12. The previous patrol car, Squad 46, was crashed at high speed on East Schwarz Street near Richards Brick Co. The vehicle was irreparably damaged and the officer driving sustained non-life threatening injuries. danger. The replacement vehicle will cost $ 58,400, including livery and police equipment.

Fire Chief James Whiteford made his own vehicle request, a single-source resolution to purchase a custom Rosenbauer EXT pump mounted on a Commander 2021 chassis, not to exceed $ 650,000. Payments would be split between the budget for that fiscal year and the budget for the following fiscal year. The new truck is expected to arrive before the end of this year.

The new truck will be purchased from Rosenbauer Minnesota, LLC and purchased under a new co-op buying program the city uses, the Houston-Galveston Area Council in Texas.

The new pump would replace the 1320 pump, which was withdrawn from service due to serious corrosion issues. These are 2000 E-One Cyclone II Pumper and end of life.

Although the Pumper 1320 is no longer in service, it does have valuable parts that can be resold. Banner Fire Equipment, Inc., offered to trade in the pumper for $ 6,500 in service credit. Rosenbauer offered $ 5,000 for the old pumper in exchange. The 1320 pumper was at Banner for repairs when the corrosion was identified. The service credit will go to two other E-One fire apparatuses that the ministry is still in use.

Next stop for police patrol vehicle replacement and fire truck purchases is Thursday’s finance committee while the old fire truck pick up heads next to finance committee, followed by administrative committee and community services (ACS) Thursday.

Contact reporter Charles Bolinger at 618-659-5735

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