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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

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Police Station Will
Get New Cameras
n Old

Ones No Longer Supported

By Joe Barker

Assistant Managing Editor

The Washington Police Department headquarters is getting some
upgrades.
The next phase of
electronic
improvements to the city’s public
safety building recently
was approved by the
city council. The building will be rewired and
new cameras installed.
Last year, the city
awarded a contract to
Eckelkamp Electric Co.
to conduct the electric
work for the booking
room at a cost of $4,770.
Earlier this year, the
city again reached a
deal with Eckelkamp
Electric to rewire the
whole building.
Police Chief Ed Menefee said the work was
needed to meet the needs
of modern technology.
Menefee said the wiring and cables for the old
system were original to
the building that opened
in 2006. As technology
has advanced, the current setup doesn’t work
with newer equipment.
The city had plans to
upgrade to new cameras, but couldn’t with the
original wiring.
“The camera system
we have needs to be replaced,” Menefee said.
“The cameras aren’t serviced anymore. The software is no longer being

supported. As of right
now, we have nine cameras that are not functioning.”
The chief said the city
has to upgrade because
it can’t replace the broken cameras. If another
camera goes out, it has
to stay out.
NOC Technology recently was awarded the
contract for the new
cameras. Menefee said
Ecklekamp is waiting
and ready to go once the
cameras are in place.
Some of the new cameras will be “globe” style,
Menefee said. Officers
will be able to access the
cameras from their cars.
Menefee said this is
ideal whenever an officer
needs to do an inmate
check. The officer can
simply pull up the camera and observe to see if
everything is normal.
The new cameras also
will have better audio
and video quality.
The deal with NOC
Technology
was
for
$15,843.63 for 36 cameras. The price includes
a rack station, server,
software, programming
and installation. The
server will cost $1,600.
The city contracts
with NOC for IT needs,
making it the ideal
company to work with,
Menefee said. He said
the company is familiar
with the department’s
system and setup.

“It’s silly to have
someone from the outside come and do it,” he
said.
The deal with Eckelkamp from earlier this
year was for $17,425.
Menefee said the total
project was budgeted for
$30,425 meaning with
the two contracts, the
project was $1,235 over
budget.
The project in the
booking room was intended make the area
safer for officers after
they make an arrest and
book a person into the
holding cells. The project, finished last year,
cost $13,210.50, however there was $12,000
budgeted, Menefee said.
The
chief
said
$1,310.50 will be moved
from the inmate fund
to make up for the difference, and any additional costs during the
remodel.
There is a $2 fee from
each ticket issued by
Washington police that
goes into the inmate
fund. Money from the
fund has not been used
for several years.
Menefee said the jail
will be down for some
time while the installation takes place. The
inmates will be taken
to the Franklin County
Adult Detention Center.
Menefee called the
project a “little interruption.”

Presenters for Parent
Summit Being Sought
n Sponsored by School District

The
Washington
School District will host
its inaugural Parent
Summit in November
and is looking for presenters.
The Parent Summit
will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5:30
to 8 p.m. at Washington
High School.
School officials said

Coed Dartball
Tournament
March 13-14
A coed dartball tournament will be held March
13-14, at St. Vincent de
Paul School, Dutzow.
There will be soda,
beer and food available
for purchase. No outside
coolers or outside alcohol,
drinks or food will be allowed.
The school is located
at 13495 South Highway 94, Marthasville.
For more information
or to register a team,
call or text Lindsay Kober at 314-852-5692.

the summit is an opportunity for parents,
guardians, caregivers
and grandparents to
learn more about important topics related
to their child’s education in a conferencestyle format.
The summit is an opportunity for parents
to learn directly from
educators,
business
leaders and community
members about important topics that impact
their child’s education
and
social/emotional
health.
The district is requesting presentation
proposals from teacher
experts,
community
members and others for
the Parent Summit.

Anyone
interested
in sharing their knowledge, is asked to submit
a proposal by April 3.
People should plan for
roughly a 45-minute
presentation.
More
information
can be found on the district’s website or call
636-231-2000.

Receives Elks Scholarship
Robbie Adkins, second from right, received the Donald C. Conrad Special Needs Scholarship Saturday, March 7, at the annual Washington Elks
Banquet. From left, are Casey Stick, exalted ruler; Paul Henderson, Elks
member; Adkins and his mother Sherry.  
Missourian Photo.

Park Board Discusses
Changing Meeting Time
By Kristen Dragotto

Missourian Staff Writer

Concerns
were
raised at the Washington Park Board meeting last Wednesday
night in regard to the
information flow between the board and
city council.
At
the
February
meeting,
Councilman
Jeff Patke, liaison for
the council, proposed
moving the meeting. The
park board currently
meets the first Wednesday of the month.
Patke suggested the
board might benefit
from having its meetings later in the month.
Board members wanted more time to think
about the idea.
Parks and Recreation Director Wayne
Dunker told the board
he discussed the idea
with City Administrator Darren Lamb and
both feel the current
schedule is working
fine.
Park board member
Tessie Steffens said the
suggestion was made
so the board would
be informed on issues
coming before the city
council, rather than being told after the fact.
Steffens said Jackie

Miller recently was
honored by the city
council for her donation
of land for the Miller
Post Trail.
“We knew nothing
about that,” she said.
Gavin Wooley, park
board member, said
another example is the
council approving an
equipment
purchase
that the board was unaware of.
Dunker
explained
that equipment purchases are budgeted
items and often need
to be acted on sooner,
rather than later.
“The concern is that
by bringing it to the
board it has the potential of slowing things
down,” he said.
Steffens expressed
her concern of not
knowing about parkrelated happenings and
issues.
“There are times

when things come up
that we do not know
and are asked about,”
she said. “I don’t care
when the meeting is
and I think you do a
good job, but these
things do sometimes
come up.”
Councilman
Nick
Obermark, liaison for
city council, said these
types of concerns seem
to be the exception, not
the rule of the normal
flow of information to
the board.
The park board ultimately decided to leave
the date the same and
if needed will rediscuss
the issue at a future
meeting.

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