Lincoln may get break on cameras

Posted Sept. 18, 2009, at 12:19 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A compromise with FairPoint Communications and some possible help from Time-Warner Cable might finally get the town’s downtown security surveillance cameras fully operational, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

FairPoint had been locked in a dispute with the town over the cost of running fiber-optic cables from the Main Street cameras over its utility poles to the town office. It has agreed to allow the town to use space on the poles once used for Fire Department pull boxes, Goodwin said.

Dick Mishio, a construction foreman for Time-Warner, told Goodwin recently that he thought his company might be able to run the cable for the town, but needs permission from his supervisor, Goodwin said.

“We are waiting to hear back from Time-Warner on if and when they can run the cable for us,” Goodwin said Wednesday. “Once they give us a schedule, if they can do it, we will have it up and running.”

If not for delays that have dogged the program since late 2007, Lincoln would be the first municipality in the Lincoln Lakes and Katahdin regions to use such a system. Meant to curtail vandalism and improve downtown safety, the cameras are placed to cover Veterans Square, Main Street, West Broadway and the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo near Mattanawcook Lake.

Councilors voted 6-1 in November 2007 to spend $2,849 on the plan. Motorbrain has donated two cameras, a server and service contract, saving the town about $4,600. The idea is to cover as much of Main Street as possible.

Motorbrain, an Enfield Road-based information technology company administering the project, originally thought the cameras could transmit their signals to town computers by wireless, but found reception too poor, company officials have said.

Then the town objected to the price cited by FairPoint to run the cables over the poles. Running cable to the public safety building and town office underground would be too costly, Goodwin has said.

Under the new deal, use of the poles would cost only $100 annually, Goodwin said.

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