New video system for jail

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently approved a $251,000 upgrade of the county jail’s digital video recording system.

The board voted at the County Office Building to transfer funding for a closed-circuit TV jail system project that is included in the county’s 2014 capital plan.

Supervisors said Sheriff Thomas Lorey will return to the board with specific details for the upgrade project and the board will vote on a contract with a security system vendor. Lorey recently told a board committee that Black Creek Integrated Systems Inc. of Irondale, Ala. – the correctional facility’s security and booking provider – is the vendor for this project upgrade. The firm has been the sole company serving the security needs of the Route 29-Harrison Street facility since it opened in the early 1990s.

Lorey said the current DVR system’s technology is outdated. He said the operating system is not compatible with software updates that will be necessary when the aging jail touch-screen computers require replacement. Also, he said any major system component failure is essentially unserviceable.

In other board business:

– Supervisors accepted a $32,550 2014 STOP Violence Against Women Grant to be used by the office of District Attorney Louise Sira. The funds are provided through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

– The board appropriated funds for certain 2014 capital projects in the county Information Services Department. Funds were transferred for these projects: personal computer replacement – $57,177; server upgrade plan – $15,600; and wireless upgrade project – $13,000.

– Finance Committee Chairman Greg Fagan reported there is much “disatisfaction” in counties over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest tax proposal.

Cuomo in January proposed a two-year freeze on property taxes in school districts and localities that stay within the 2 percent tax cap. The proposal would have to be adopted into law by the state Legislature.

In year one, the state will provide tax rebates to homeowners who live in a jurisdiction that stays within the 2 percent property tax cap. In year two, the state will provide tax rebates to homeowners who live in a locality that stays within the cap and also agrees to implement a shared services or administrative consolidation plan.