In a major step forward for the grassroots push to install security cameras at Waveny, town officials last week approved a contract with a Shelton-based company that specializes in areas that include video surveillance and network infrastructure.
The Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting Aug. 4 voted 3-0 in favor of the $57,222 contract with Advanced Security Technologies, Inc.
“We have committed improve security,” First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said at the meeting, held via videoconference. “This is one piece of that—creating a backbone and capability to expand more easily with more modern technology.”
Security systems at New Canaan’s municipal buildings and town-owned properties have been developed piecemeal. The planned upgrades will see cloud-based systems for Waveny park, as well as Waveny Pool, Town Hall, Waveny House and municipal parking lots all connected to the New Canaan Police Department, officials have said. The selectmen in December approved a $16,000 contract with a consultant to create an RFP for the work.
The overhaul started after New Canaan resident and attorney Hilary Ormond launched an online petition last June to get security cameras at Waveny following the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. It got 2,264 digital signatures, and the Parks & Recreation Commission called for a detailed proposal from police. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said that although the 300-acre Waveny park doesn’t need surveillance throughout, it would help investigators to have cameras at entrances and exits that capture images of license plates and people in vehicles.
After initially pushing back on the recommendation, town officials relented, though they have tried to recast Ormond’s proposal as part of a wider security effort.