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Contract awarded for surveillance system

The Common Council on Wednesday rejected the low bid for a surveillance camera system around two major chemical plants and handed the contract to the second-lowest bidder.

The Council refused the $44,707 bid of Integrated Systems and instead awarded the contract to IK Systems for $50,762. Both companies are from Victor.

City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said Detective Capt. Richard L. Podgers, who doubles as the Police Department's technology expert, found fault with the Integrated Systems bid. Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano ruled it would be all right to reject it.

Ottaviano said a closer examination of the bid showed that the price depended on the city's having pre-existing infrastructure it doesn't have. Specifically, Ottaviano said, the city needed to have a particular type of antenna already installed on the Outwater Park water tower and a certain amount of special wiring.

"It was a conditional bid. That's not what we asked for," Ottaviano said.

The contract, to be paid for in full with federal homeland security aid channeled through Albany, calls for the installation of three cameras on utility poles near the VanDeMark and Twin Lake chemical plants on Mill Street. The cameras, which would be operated by remote control from Police Headquarters, would show any suspicious activity around the plants.

They also would show the movement of any cloud of poison gas the plants might release during an accident, Podgers said earlier this month. Monitors would be installed at the police communications desk.

Also Wednesday, the Council agreed to appropriate $2,500 to match a like amount from the Town of Lockport to update the municipalities' joint Web site, www.elockport.com.

Web Essentials, the Lockport company that created and maintains the site, proposed a makeover of the site for $4,725, according to an e-mail from owner Shelley Reid Salmons.

"If you've seen the Web site, it really needs updating," Mayor Michael W. Tucker said.

The site contains some 250 Web pages. It attempts to provide tourism information as well as data about city and town government.

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