The Mid-City Security District hopes to attract bids for a system of crime cameras from security companies headquartered in the neighborhood, Chairman Jim Olsen said at a meeting of the district’s board of commissioners last week.
A request for proposals has been reviewed by board members and lawyers and is almost finished, he said. The request will ask for bids to install crime cameras in Mid-City as part of a system to be overseen by the security district.
District officials hope to send the request to the city and make it public by Aug. 31. At that point, the district will contact security companies based in Mid-City in hopes that a neighborhood-based firm will seek the work.
“We’re going to try to keep it local as much as possible,” Olsen said.
He said he knows of at least two potential bidders in the neighborhood.
Not everyone was pleased with the idea.