Citizen crime concerns expected to be topic at tonight’s city council meeting
Tonight’s meeting of the of West University Place City Council is expected to begin with a series of citizens voicing their concerns about what they perceive to be an avalanche of criminal activity in, and around, West University Place.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 3800 University Blvd.
In a related matter, the city council is considering a budget request for two intersection surveillance camera systems to aid the West University Police Department in the detection of crimes.
The budget request is for $200K. Each intersection system would actually consist of eight cameras providing a bidirectional recording of all vehicles passing through the intersection. Four of the cameras are for daytime, four are infrared, to capture the images and licence plate numbers at night.
The $200K estimate would likely be reduced after a competitive bidding process.
Also on the agenda is the discussion of the recent delay in the activation of West U’s emergency message system called CodeRED.
During the shooting that occurred the morning of September 26, many attempts were made by the city’s employees to activate the city’s email emergency notification system.
A vendor had contracted with West U to give this service, and the vendor had agreed to a contractual requirement was that messages be received by residents immediately. The vendor failed to deliver on that important contractual requirement. The city is negotiating with a new vendor.