Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Columbia City Council is considering two different options for a proposed expansion of the city's crime prevention cameras.
It comes after an analysis by the Columbia Police Department established new numbers for the Council's review.
Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago proposed two plans at Tuesday's council meeting. Under one of the proposals, the city would receive 400 cameras at a cost to the city of $300,000. Under that plan, the system would cost $3,900 each month formaintenanceand monitoring, according to Chief Santiago.
The second plan proposeddoubles the associated cost, giving it a $600,000 price tag, while adding 800 cameras. The city would be expected to pay $7,900 each month to maintain the cameras under that proposal.
"The Chief has put forward two proposals," Mayor Steve Benjamin said outside after the meetings conclusion, "we've decided to support his recommendation that we fully fund the initiative, provide almost 800 cameras citywide, and we're going to do it."
Councilman Sam Davis said he supported implementing either one of the proposed options.
The council was split on exactly how to pay for the expansion. Among the options discussed were to use funds from the city's hospitality tax.
Statewide Security Inc. currently supplies the city's cameras. The proposed expansion would likely include continuing to use their systems, but Mayor Benjamin has said he would support shopping for the lowest bidder.