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Surveillance system to be installed at Waste Water Treatment Plant

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - Updated: 10:17 PM


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CANAJOHARIE -- During the Village Board of Canajoharie's regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Jerry Ward informed the board that he'd like to purchase a wireless, six-camera surveillance system for the facility's exterior and grounds.

With the large plant update project nearly ready to begin, Ward said he feels that increased security measures are necessary, as the plant has had issues over the past six or seven years, including the theft of valuables such as copper wiring.

The six-camera system, which can be expanded at any time, will initially cost $7,000 to install. The live video footage can be viewed remotely from a smart phone or computer. The system will record video 24 hours a day, which will be stored for a minimum of 60 days.

Ward said the cameras would be installed at numerous exterior locations, including the main entrance along the Mohawk River, the rear of the facility, and the police impound yard. They will cover all areas where people would've previously been able to access the facility out of sight.

Ward said he'd soon provide the village board with additional quotes for the system, which will take high quality video, and will allow its operator to zoom in on small details to view them in high definition.

Blue Heron Construction Company, LLC and Brunswick Electrical, Inc., two of the companies awarded bids in the WWTP update project, have supplied the village board with insurance bonds. The remaining company set to work on the project, Family Danz Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., is expected to supply their insurance bond within a week. At that point, Mayor Francis Avery will be approached to sign a contract prior to the start of the project.

It was announced during Tuesday's meeting that the State of New York has awarded the Montgomery County Sewer District a $35,000 grant to begin a joint study with the village of Canajoharie, researching the feasibility of the MCSD sending refuse to be processed in Canajoharie's plant.

Mayor Avery also noted that C.G. Roxane, the company that purchased watershed land from the village of Canajoharie to utilize in the construction and operation of a spring water bottling facility, are currently looking for a site to drill a fourth well. They recently drilled a third well, which was not up to their standards, said Avery.


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