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October 1, 2013

GOSHEN BOARD OF WORKS: City garage to get new security system

GOSHEN — Goshen’s new Central Garage will soon get a major security overhaul thanks to a contract approved by the Goshen Board of Works and Safety during its meeting Monday afternoon.

The board approved a request by the Goshen Engineering Department to contract with Shoff Security Services Inc. of Elkhart for the installation of a Closed Circuit Televised (CCTV) Security Surveillance System to be installed at the city’s Central Garage facility located at 320 Steury Ave.

The Central Garage is responsible for maintaining and repairing city equipment such as sewer trucks, loaders, backhoes, snow removal equipment, emergency response vehicles, etc.

According to Goshen engineer Mary Cripe, quotes for the project were requested and received from M&M Fire Protection & Security, Schwartz Electric and Shoff Security Services, with Shoff eventually selected as the best option of the three.

“At this time, we are requesting the Board of Public Works to consider this request and for approval of the Shoff Security agreement in the amount of $12,330,” Cripe said.

Following the request, Board member Michael Landis questioned Cripe on what such equipment would allow the garage to do as far as security.

Cripe responded by noting that the system, which has up to two terabytes of recording capacity, will allow those with access to view the camera feeds remotely. She also said the software used to run the system can be set up for viewing by multiple administrators at various locations.

Also approved by the board Monday was a second agreement with Shoff Security Services Inc. in the amount of $3,690 for the purchase of the actual security system hardware to be installed at the city’s Central Garage facility. The request also included a monthly monitoring fee of $54 per month.

Cripe noted that quotes were once again requested and received from M&M Fire Protection & Security, Schwartz Electric and Shoff Security, with Shoff again chosen as the best option out of the three respondents.

“This is for the actual security system,” Cripe said. “The other one was for cameras to be located on the site, and the recording of what the cameras are seeing. This one is for the security control panel, the keypads, motion sensors, the siren, eight floor contacts, 11 overhead door contacts and all the cable that’s needed to wire it all together.”

According to Cripe, the hefty security system being requested is needed due primarily to the large amount of expensive equipment that is worked on in the garage on a daily basis.

“There are thousands of dollars of tools in this building,” Cripe said. “Plus, when you’re working on police vehicles, you’ve got whatever the police vehicles have in them, the fire trucks... There’s a lot of expensive stuff that they work on that needs to be secured.”

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