Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - August 27, 2013
REVISED August 27, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #29

South County CRA Camera Project

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri R. Coryea, Director, Neighborhood Services Department  

Paul Alexander, Director, Information Technology Department 

Action Requested
Authorize staff to move forward with the necssary steps to upgrade  the South County Community Redevelopment Area Security Camera's.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
11.1.4.  Efficiency in Service Delivery

Background Discussion

The South County Community Redevelopment Area (SCCRA) is one of two Manatee County specially designated geographical areas that were established based on an over abundance of blighted conditions.

Funds generated from the tax increment within the district are used to complete projects identified within the adopted SCCRA plan that work to achieve improvements within the area that will effectively raise the conditions, enhance the property value and improve safety to residents.

The SCCRA has had a security camera project in place since 2007 in conjunction with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office (MSO) and the Information Technology Department of the County.  

Eleven cameras were installed on light poles within the SCCRA to allow a monitoring system within the areas that had a higher instance of criminal activity occurring.

In 2010, the research began on a potential upgrade of the camera project.  The existing system is run on a wireless mesh system.  Due to the effects from weather, trees, fiber optics, and improvements to camera technology over the years, the life span of the current camera system is at an end.  

Staff from the Neighborhood Services Department, Information Technology Department, and the MSO have worked diligently to identify, test, and cost out the impact of a new camera system.  

The new system has the capability needed by the MSO to receive a clearer and more precise view of the activities occurring in the range of the camera.  Additionally, the number of camera viewing users will be increased and with the change to a fiber optic network the instance of out of service camera time will drop dramatically.

The proposed cameras would replace the current system in the existing camera locations within the SCCRA.  The cost of the entire capital outlay for the new cameras and installation is $300,000.

The annual maintenance on the project is projected as $30,000.  The SCCRA will budget this amount but will only charge back to the SCCRA account the actual amount used within the year for camera maintenance. 

The MSO has agreed to share equally in the one time capital outlay of the project for a total of $150,000.  The remaining $150,000 to complete the capital portion of the project is recommended to be transferred from the Pride Park Community Center Reserve for Contingency Fund which currently has $2,974,495 remaining in it.

The Pride Park Community Center Reserve for Contingency Fund is a line item fund established in 2009 within the SCCRA account in anticipation of a partnership to establish a Community Center Building within the Pride Park Area. 

The Taylor Nursery Property was purchased in 2010, and is a 4+ acres vacant parcel on the corner of 9th Street and 63rd Avenue adjacent to Daughtrey Elementary School.  It is believed that this site could be developed with a Community Center facility in conjunction with a Community organization to manage and provide programming.

In 2011/2012 a request for proposal process was unsuccessful in finding a viable responsive bidder to partner with the County to build and then operate a Community Center.  Further, in 2012/13 the financial analysis of proceeding with the construction of a Community Center is yet to prove to be a practical budget decision.

The SCCRA Advisory Board, County, and residents of the area continue to brainstorm concepts that would endeavor to successfully achieve the goal of a public/private partnership Community Center in the SCCRA.

However, within the past four years the tax base and property values in the SCCRA have been hit the hardest in Manatee County by the impacts of the recession, creating a deficit of operating funds for projects that require on-going SCCRA maintenance.

While the Community Center project remains a goal within the current SCCRA adopted plan, staff feel that it is prudent to place a hold on proceeding with the project and to address the public welfare and safety through the upgrading of the security camera system. 

Staff will continue to explore potential uses of the Taylor Nursery property that add long-term value to the SCCRA keeping in mind the potential for a public/private partnership that could accomplish the establishment of a Community Center with the geographical area of the SCCRA.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

No action required

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$150,000 (one time cost) $30,000 (annual maintenance fee) South County Community Redevelopment Area

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Total one time capital expense for camera upgrade $300,000. County to split cost with the MSO of $150,000 each. up to $30,000 annual maintenance will be budgeted from the South County CRA Fund