Bullard, Texas, City Hall Receives Upgraded Security Camera System

The Bullard City Council voted to pay $11,500 for a cloud-based security system from the company Verkada, which will feature 13 cameras that each come with a three-year-license and 10-year warranty.

by Jo Anne Embleton, Jacksonville Daily Progress / January 11, 2019

(TNS) – A security upgrade featuring new technology will help to create an even safer Bullard City Hall, following local leaders' vote Tuesday approving a $11,566.46 Verkada security camera system.

City Manager Jay Abercrombie said it is a complete upgrade, featuring a total of 13 cameras with a three-year-license/10-year warranty on each unit.

“The camera and new technology allows for a cloud-based system that can be accessed when needed by a simple login process,” Abercrombie said.

Founded in 2016 by a trio of computer scientists and security experts who studied together at Stanford University, Verkada's goal was “to bring the ease of use that homeowners have enjoyed for years from their security cameras to the levels of scale and protection that businesses require,” according to a www.medium.com blog by founder Filip Kaliszan.

Funding for the new system at Bullard City Hall will be from the city's Court Security fund, Abercrombie noted.

In other action, the Bullard Council:

  • Presented community member Tony Johnson was recognized during the meeting, honoring him with the city's “Kindness Award.” Abercrombie said that during a traffic fatality that involved a family member of Johnson, his “kindness and compassion was noticed by our police officer on the scene.”
  • Inked a five-year permit renewal with a contract with CP&Y, Inc., for professional engineering services for the Bullard Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Approved the Bullard Police Department's 2018 annual report on racial profiling, as well as approved minutes from Dec. 11 regular meeting and Dec. 11 joint meeting with BEDCO.

The council dropped from their agenda an item to discuss improvements to Third Street by Gated Eight at the Viewpoint Addition, and will address it during a future meeting, Abercrombie said.

Improvements are for a new residential development, and will include streets, water, sewer and storm water drainage. “Just a few things need to be completed before the council can accept the infrastructure,” he noted.

An executive session item to consider the annual review, evaluation and compensation package of the city manager also was dropped from the agenda and will be brought back in a future meeting, he said.

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