KING CITY — The City of King is moving forward with the installation of a citywide police security camera system following the approval of an additional appropriation for the project as well as the finalization of an agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the City Council approved an additional $9,200 from the General Fund to cover extra costs that arose for the project, bringing the total amount budgeted to $448,700.
The city contracted with SurveillanceGRID Integration Inc. in February to install 15 security cameras at key locations around town. The project, however, was delayed as some of the cameras will be installed on utility poles, which requires approval from PG&E.
“Installation of an extensive citywide security camera system was established as a key goal in the Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Violence,” said City Manager Steve Adams in his report to the council. “The system installation has been delayed awaiting approvals from PG&E to install some of the cameras on light poles they own.”
An agreement with PG&E was finalized Aug. 30, and the project is now coming to fruition — but not without a few extra costs.
According to Adams, the city incurred additional expenses related to the telecommunications equipment being installed at three locations — the tall building on the Rava Ranches property, a tower at the King City Police Station and the Topo building at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds.
The equipment allows the video from the security cameras to be transmitted to the police station and recorded.
Additional funding was needed for the installation of the tower at the police station, engineering work necessary to obtain a license from the fairgrounds to utilize its premises, and tools for mounting the equipment on the Rava building.
Adams said the revenue from parcels that are being recommended for sale adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant will cover the added costs of the project, which is expected to be finished by November.
“Installation is underway and should be completed in about another month,” Adams said.