Kitimat gives budget for closed-circuit cameras at RCMP cells

$30,000 from the 2015 fiscal year will go to installing closed-circuit cameras at the RCMP cell block in Kitimat.

Council has approved a $30,000 budget pre-approval for the installation of closed-circuit cameras in the RCMP cells blocks in Kitimat.

Earlier estimates for the work, pegged at $75,000, have inflated to $110,000, based on new technologies, the building structure and other factors, says a District of Kitimat report.

$5,000 of that $35,000 price difference will come from left over money from the cell retrofit project. The District of Kitimat’s engineering department used their resources on that work which dropped the cost.

The staff sought the budget approval at the December 8 meeting to allow the project to go to tender soon to get the job done quickly to reduce liability.

District Treasurer Steve Christiansen said that the District is so far protected from potential liability not having the cameras — which are now required — because the District does continue their project to upgrade the cells.

The $30,000 will come from the 2015 fiscal year’s budget.

The motion passed unanimously.