Town Hall, Library Soon to Have Surveillance Cameras
WETHERSFIELD - The entrances of Wethersfield Town Hall and the neighboring Wethersfield Public Library will see some video surveillance.

       The Town Council voted unanimously to accept a $26,847 bid from North Haven-based Advanced Alarms for security cameras during its April 3 meeting. Of eight firms to respond, Advanced Alarms offered the lowest price, according to Town Engineer Mike Turner.

       “The [Town Hall] building is generally not secured at night because it’s open to meetings, so having some security recording is probably a good thing,” said Town Manager Jeff Bridges during a discussion before the vote was taken.

       The CCTV digital surveillance cameras will be motion activated, according to Turner.

       “The system does not need monitoring, but can be interconnected to allow remote access for police coverage,” Turner said.

       The second lowest bidder was Horizon Technologies, Inc., a Wethersfield-based firm. Horizon came in with a $32,956 offer, according to Turner.

       “Their bid was slightly outside the 10 percent gap where our local vendor ordinance would apply,” he said.

       The Wethersfield Town Charter stipulates that “consideration must be afforded to any local bidders having submitted a bid that is not more than 10 percent higher than the lowest responsible bidder”, according to the town website.

       If chosen for a job, businesses that reside in Wethersfield must accept a contract for an amount equal to the lowest bidder, the ordinance says.