Ridgeland to track license plates


RIDGELAND — Eight license plate readers are being rolled out across the city to assist in traffic monitoring and enforcement.

Aldermen gave Chief John Neal the authority to enter into an agreement with Flock, a company out of Georgia, to install eight automatic license plate readers throughout the city.

The agreement includes a free installation fee and 60-day pilot period. After the pilot period, the city will pay a yearly fee of $16,000 per year for usage of the cameras.

Specifically, at Tuesday evening's board meeting, Neal said that they would be installing cameras on Pine Knoll Drive, north and south ends of the Highland Colony Parkway and other locations.

"Right now Pine Knoll drive is a weak area that we could use these cameras," Neal said. "We also want to see what they can do at north and south ends of the Highland Colony Parkway."

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith asked what other cities were using the service.

Neal said that he knew the several municipalities along the coast were implementing Flock's readers and services. He said the biggest client he knew of was Birmingham.

Neal said that he wanted to see what information they gathered from the readers but thought they could be best utilized in policing neighborhoods.

"If this got well we would like to get some of the local HOAs to install them," Neal said.

In other board action, aldermen:

Approved a renewal agreement with Taylor Power Systems for the RPD for generator maintenance at the Ridgeland Police Department building on School Street and the Richmond Grove water tower site.

Approved a change order for the ongoing Wolcott Park parking lot project approving the digging of bleeder ditches at the site.

Declared surplus property to be disposed of or sold by the Parks and Recreation Department. Items included old cameras, iPads and iPods.

Declared an Equallogic PS4100X Server Surplus and authorize its donation to the city of Brandon.

Re-appointed William Merchant, general manager of Soulshine Pizza, to the Ridgeland Tourism Commission as the restaurant representative.

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