Poland schools get license plate cameras

POLAND — Schools Superintendent Craig Hockenberry told village council six Flock license plate recognition cameras have been installed at schools in the district.

He said the cameras are not used to catch speeding vehicles but to help locate stolen vehicles and for finding vehicles with drivers who might have been involved in a crime.

The automated license plate readers are high-speed, computer-controlled camera systems that typically are mounted on street poles. The devices automatically capture all license plate numbers that come into view, along with the location, date and time. The data, which includes photographs of the vehicle and sometimes its driver and passengers, then is uploaded to a central server.

“Anyone who turns onto school property, (the cameras) will take a picture of the license plate on the vehicle,” Hockenberry said.

He added the information can alert police of a person with warrants.

In other business Tuesday, village council approved repairs to the village hall boilers and gave the green light to Alcon, which bid $8,307, to do the work. Also bidding were Prout Boiler with a replacement cost of $31,475, and BC Heating and Plumbing with a replacement cost of $36,617.

The Alcon bid was to repair of the existing system. The other two bids were to replace the boiler.

There also was a bid opening for the Meadow Lane street paving project. Blacktop Specialists of Poland bid $38,000 for a base course of 2-1/2 inches and a top course of 1-1/2 inches. The bid included milling out 4 inches of asphalt.

Lindy Paving Inc. of New Galilee, Pa., bid $23,480 for a 2-inch surface course. The bid included milling and prepping the existing road. Included in the bid was a second price of $21,560 to mill and lay down 1-1/2 inches of asphalt to the police garage and parking lot.

The bids were turned over to the streets, sidewalks and drainage committee for review before a vote next meeting.

Also, Cindy Best from Celebrate Poland reported the fall festival set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 was coming together. She said the event will neither have a parade nor bounce equipment this year.


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