PAWTUCKET — In an effort to cut down on crime and vandalism in the city's parking garage, the downtown, Slater Park and other municipal properties, the city is seeking proposals from vendors to install security cameras at various locations.
According to a request for proposals that went out last month, the city is seeking a company to design and install a video surveillance camera system at key sites throughout the city.
The server-based digital video security cameras would be monitored by the city, with assistance from the vendor. The monitoring would likely be handled through the Pawtucket Police Department, although specifics of this arrangement have not yet been worked out, said city Purchasing Agent David Clemente.
The initial contract would include six specific sites, with the possibility of more being added, at the city's sole discretion, for up to 36 months starting on the date of award.
The RFP states that any additional sites that are added will be at the same rate for time and material as the initial sites that were quoted.
The locations to be covered under the initial award are to include the following:
. Downtown garage — located at the corner of Park Place and Main Street
. Fountain — located on Main Street, next to the Sovereign Bank building
. Veterans Memorial Park Pool — located on Legion Drive
. Pawtucket Looff Carousel — located in Slater Park
. Daggett Farm — located in Slater Park
. Slater Park Tennis Courts—located in Slater Park
An original plan to also include the Pawtucket Times building located at 23 Exchange Street was later dropped during subsequent discussions of potential monitoring sites by the city's Planning Department.
According to Clemente, the main focus of Mayor Donald Grebien and his administration is to increase the security of the municipal parking garage and address complaints about crime, loitering and vandalism that have occurred in and around the structure. He said that having surveillance at the other five sites is more about being “pro-active” and to protect structures and recreational areas that are important to the city.
Clemente said he is unsure about the cost of the project at this time and is awaiting more details once the bids are received and reviewed. He said that an initial pre-bid meeting was held on Dec. 28 in order for potential vendors to ask questions, and the RFP was amended with the deadline for submitting bids now extended to Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.
According to the scope of the work as outlined in the RFP, the video capture, storage and distribution of images shall be done using a series of cameras and networked control and/or storage devices known as image servers. Users of the system shall be able to connect to the image servers across the network to retrieve both live and archived images on their local computer systems, tablets or mobile devices. Users shall be able to access the image servers from any computer connected to the network including access via the Internet, using only a web browser, minimal client or phone/tablet application.
The installation of cabling or wireless access will be included in the bid price and the installation will be managed by the winning bidder with oversight from the city. It will be the responsibility of the awarded vendor to assess the city's network infrastructure between buildings to ensure smooth operation of the camera system, according to the RFP.
City Planning Director Michael Davolio, whose department is overseeing the security cameras project, said he would have to await the bids and review the vendor proposals before he could give a firm estimate of the cost. He said that once he has an idea of the price involved, he can then go about finding the funding, which could involve grant money for some or all of the cost.
Davolio added that the Grebien Administration remains committed to making the downtown parking garage, in particular, more safe and secure for local residents and business customers. “We'll find the dollars for this,” he said.