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Prices sought for cameras in town parks

The town is seeking price quotes for surveillance cameras in town parks, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Wednesday.

At a Town Board work session, Smith said two prices have been obtained and more are being sought.

So far, the lowest price came from IP Vision, a company touted as a preferred vendor by Verizon Communications.

Smith said IP Vision's high-definition, night vision camera costs about $2,400, plus $10 a month for wireless phone alerts to town officials about troubles.

"It can tell the difference between a car, a person and an animal," Smith said, adding the Genesee County Town of Bergen had installed this type of camera.

The other quote, from Q-Star Technology, was $3,500 for a solar-powered camera triggered by a motion detector.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak said the town will have to keep an eye out for vandalism at Day Road Park after a restroom building is completed there.

Smith said there have been few after-hours problems in the parks so far.

In other matters, Councilman Mark C. Crocker praised the work of Wendel Duchscherer, the town's engineering firm, in helping many town residents prove their homes aren't in a flood plain. Thus, they don't have to buy flood insurance.

Mortgage holders are still sending letters to homeowners based on the not-completely-accurate flood map update finished last year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Crocker said, "Some people think they have to pay for the insurance." But they don't if Wendel can show the map elevations for their homes are wrong.

Crocker said any Town of Lockport resident who wants to fight the flood insurance demand should call him at 434-0898 to get started.

Also Wednesday, Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said the town will offer a free movie night Saturday outside Town Hall. The evening will begin with a concert by the Lockport Federation of Musicians at about 7 p.m. At dusk, the film "Shrek Forever After" will be screened.

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