Chicago Ridge officials ‘bite the bullet’ on new security cameras

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Chicago Ridge will spend $55,000 to install security cameras outside village hall, the police station and the Metra station and parking lot.

Trustees on Tuesday approved Phase 1 of the program, which also includes a $4,000 audio component.
Mayor Chuck Tokar said the village had analog security cameras several years ago but they eventually fell into disrepair and became obsolete.
Four companies responded to the village’s request for proposals, and Griffon Systems of Elmhurst was chosen for the project.
The cameras will cost $51,000 and the audio system an additional $4,000, Tokar said. Twenty-five cameras will be install as part of the first phase of the project, he said.
Tokar said the cost, which is part of the village’s capital improvements budget, is well worth it.
“I think it’s high time that we bite the bullet on this,” he said.
The cameras will be installed around the perimeter of village hall and the police station as well as at the Metra station, parking lot and pay box, Tokar said.
The live camera feeds will be monitored at the police station. The cameras will be connected to a server that will store the images.
Installation of the cameras is scheduled for the end of June.
The Chicago Ridge Public Library also considering installing security cameras, but they would not be part of the village’s proposal, the mayor said. However, the cameras images would be fed to the police station.
Cameras at the fire station would be included in the second phase of the project, Tokar said.
In other business, the board approved the installation of two motivation posters in the village trustees’ offices, leading Trustee John Lind to quip to Tokar, “I was hoping we’d hang a poster of you.”