CONYERS -- The city of Conyers may soon be watching out for criminals.
Major Scott Freeman of Conyers Police Department presented a plan to install a city-wide camera system for police use at the Conyers City Council retreat Thursday at Stone Mountain Park.
"This will be a force multiplier, which is a fancy term for we'll have more eyes on the community," Freeman said.
The cameras will be placed in areas identified by the level of incidents, but the cameras will not be in residential areas.
The system will be operated by the 911 dispatch.
"The way we envision this taking place is we will utilize the existing personnel in 911 dispatch," Freeman said. "There will be training for the dispatch workers."
The projected start-up costs for the system include $299,543.37 for the cameras (including installation, maintenance and operation), $10,350.66 for hardware for the 911 center and $6,234 for a server and storage.
Freeman said these were preliminary costs and with the council's permission the police department would work with finance to determine numbers.
The system will be an overt system, meaning it will not be hidden.
"One of the important aspects is having an overt system -- we want the public to know we're watching," Freeman said.
The council was also presented with a status report for the 2004 SPLOST and a list of projects for the 2011 SPLOST.
Projects on the list include resurfacing roads, street upgrades, the addition of sidewalks to areas, intersection improvements as well as other projects.
Projects discussed include purchasing and converting a property for 150 spaces of parking in Olde Town and an east-west connection from West Avenue to Green Street. The city may apply for LCI funding for the east-west connection.
The proposed route would require the city to purchase several properties.
"If you want to give good access to Olde Town, you need a route," said Brad Sutton, director of public works for the city.
The city has until Sept. 23 to decide if they want to apply for LCI funding.