City officials approve bid for more downtown Farmington cameras

Farmington city council members on Monday awarded an $85,875 bid to a Farmington Hills-based firm that will install new surveillance cameras in downtown Farmington.

Public Safety Director Frank Demers said the department received a $100,000 grant in January, its second Byrne Justice Assistance Grant. The first, in 2012, brought cameras to the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park. The grants require no matching funds from the city.

Demers said Security Designs, Inc. was chosen because they’ve done similar projects in other cities. He said Plymouth officials spoke highly of the firm.

The bid also includes a $7,900 add-on to upgrade a camera in Shiawassee Park. While that would keep the bid in the $100,000 range, Demers said, “There’s a few things we need to do on our end, which is to provide power to where these cameras are going to be… If there’s money left over, we will include it.”

In January, Demers said the new cameras will be placed in parking lots north and south of Grand River, at Grove Street and Orchard Street, and behind Page’s Food & Spirts, as well as at the intersection of Grand River Avenue at Farmington Road. Video from all cameras, including those at the pavilion and park, will feed into the Public Safety Department, where they will be monitored.

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