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Auburn becomes more secure

Infrared camera to be installed at corporation yard
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn is getting an infrared camera for its corporation yard funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “That part of the project was part of a Homeland Security Grant that we received in August 2011,” said Bernie Schroeder, director of public works. “The intent of course is to look at areas that we can enhance security.” Schroeder said the grants will ensure the city has the right equipment to provide the best security. “The buses are housed at the corporation yard. There is a fence that has a gate that was also funded in attempts to make sure that we have high-level security,” Schroeder said. City council approved a change order for the camera, which will cost $1,159. Mayor Keith Nesbitt said the camera’s purchase has no connection to the recent theft of a gas card from a truck at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Nesbitt said the current equipment was not producing a clear enough image at night. “It wasn’t producing a clear image. I don’t know if there is any direct cause and effect there,” Nesbitt said. “Having a clear picture at night would probably be the most important thing.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.