Council gets answers on crime cameras
Baton Rouge- A clearer picture of the crime-surveillance system in Baton Rouge emerged from Thursday's budget hearings at City Hall.
Metro Council members got answers from city administrators about the system monitoring crime. It comes after two-and-a-half months of asking.
Council members now know how many cameras are out there, they know how much it costs to keep them in shape and they even got a three-part-plan to possibly save money on the project next year.
City Administrator John Carpenter says Baton Rouge will have a contract for the maintenance on the books by the start of the year. He'll also work to find out what companies might be able to do the up-keep better and how much better the cost could be.
Council members say that's good for the city's bottom line and it's reputation, especially with the city's technology director, Don Evans, accused by federal prosecutors of taking bribes from the owner of camera-company NetMethods, which is facing a federal corruption trial in January.
Council members also continued the conversation about the library budget and its $19 million downtown library project.
Council will decide what they want to change out of all of these budgets in December before approving an official spending plan for next year.