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Commissioners continue focus on cameras at courthouse

Another company is now involved to help Harrison County get a new security system around downtown and the courthouse after county officials spent the last few months looking at new video cameras but not finalizing a plan.
Harrison County Commissioners first looked into replacing a nearly 20-year-old camera system back in the early part of fall, after two separate incidents at the downtown courthouse.
Commissioner Charlie Crawford had the video saved as possible evidence, but said the video would not hold up in court because the quality of the video was so poor that it wasn’t likely anyone would be able to confidently identify someone in the video.
The Harrison County Council reviewed and tabled a proposal to install new cameras for a little less than $45,000 through CyberTek Engineering. However, the council has not made a decision about the issue as it waits for some answers regarding the plan, which could potentially save the county money on the project.
Those questions still haven’t been answered, and the project remains on the hold.
During its meeting Monday night, the Harrison County Board of Commissioners had Dave Hulsebus, the owner of Portative Technologies in Corydon, at the meeting to help get the project moving again.
Hulsebus said he’s spoken to a couple of councilmembers and was asked by a commissioner to attend Monday’s meeting.
‘I’m not exactly what you’re looking for me to do,’ Hulsebus said. ‘From a company’s prospective, we’d be very happy to bid on a project like that, but I haven’t seen any kind of bid specifications. I’m not sure if you’re looking for a quote.’
Hulsebus said he didn’t know all the details of the quote the county had seen, but thought it was quite high.
The commissioners said they don’t have specifications on a plan.
Commissioner Kenny Saulman admitted he doesn’t know much about camera systems, but said he wanted to sit down with Hulsebus to find out what they’d need.
Hulsebus said his office has installed cameras at hotels throughout Louisville and at some towers.
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper said the county wants cameras for inside the courthouse and cameras outside the building that will capture the entrances to the building and the surrounding area.
Hulsebus said camera prices have a significant price range, depending on the feature of each one.
Crawford said it’s time to find out what the courthouse needs and then send the plan out to bid.
‘You need to understand what you want to be able to view,’ Hulsebus said. ‘How far away are those people going to be and what doors you want monitored, what floors.’
Monday was the last meeting of 2018 for the county commissioners. Their next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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