The West University Place City Council approved the construction of what will likely be the first comprehensive virtual-gated community in the United States. The total construction cost is expected to not exceed $4.5 million.
Tonight is the opportunity for West University Place residents to learn about the specifics of the project and ask questions of Police Chief Ken Walker and City Manager David Beach. The meeting will include a PowerPoint presentation explaining the implementation schedule along with the costs.
The meeting will be this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the West University Place Community Center, 6104 Auden St.
Most cities use surveillance cameras to various degrees, but the West University Place system will surveil every entrance and exit to the city.
The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 will include 16 locations and 81 license plate cameras and 16 wide-area surveillance cameras.
Phase 2 will cover 24 locations and include 53 license plate cameras and 24 wide-area surveillance cameras.
The expected maximum cost of Phase 1 is 2.3 million dollars and the cost of Phase 2 is not expected to exceed 2.1 million dollars. after the system is fully implemented the Ongoing operational expense is expected to be about $360,000 annually.