By MATT BLOIS
Brentwood’s City Commission will vote on a plan to install license plate readers at city parks and a new contract for designing the city’s new police headquarters at its meeting on Monday night.
An architectural firm recently completed the first phase of design work for the police headquarters. The firm presented some initial designs to the City Commission in October.
The designs show a two story building with a long line of windows on the second story.
During the second phase of design architects will transform the initial designs into construction plans. City Staff expects that the design of the police headquarters will be ready to bid by late spring.
The cost of the second phase of design work will cost about $1.6 million. The city expects the full budget for the police headquarters will be about $20 million.
On Monday, the City Commission will vote on the contract for the second phase of design work.
The City Commission will also vote on a plan to install license plate readers at several city parks. Police Chief Jeff Hughes said the cameras should help the Police Department track down people suspected of breaking in to cars.
The city will also consider a plan to use information from commercial license plate readers. Hughes said that some private companies, such as banks or repossession companies, use license plate readers and the city would have access to that information.
Hughes said that Police Department isn’t interested in spying on the residents of Brentwood, and is hoping the cameras will deter crime. The cameras at the parks will be easily visible to the public.
“It’s not a secret, but that doesn’t defeat the effect of what that technology will allow you to do. If you drive through there your tag will be captured,” Hughes said.
The city would pay a subscription fee to use the license plate reader. The five year subscription would cost about $168,000. The equipment for the project will cost about $100,000.
The Police Department is also hoping to buy a mobile license plate reader. Officers could bring the mobile reader anywhere in the city. That would cost about $25,000.
At the City Commission meeting, Commissioners will also vote on changes to the city’s parking rules and a plan to start the design of a traffic light for the intersection of Franklin Road and Fountainhead Drive.