Sugarcreek Council OKs hot spots for police vehicle computers

Sugarcreek Borough Council on Wednesday approved buying four hot spots for police vehicle computers.

Over the past months, Sugarcreek police have tried various techniques to use the computers to the fullest capacity, but police chief Bob Wenner said in an email that because of the “large area that we service, our coverage to use the computers is spotty at best.”

The police department has reduced firewalls and has worked with Verizon and Venango County 911 to solve issues that had been encountered.

After double checking all the equipment, Wenner said it was determined that it was working properly but “we were not able to obtain a strong enough signal.”

The chief’s email said that “for the first time, we have fully functioning computers to include the GPS system that allows Venango County 911 to locate and track our vehicles which have several officer safety features.”

With the hot spots, the computers are now functioning with little to any lag time regardless of officers’ location, Wenner said.

The monthly fee that was approved at a previous meeting is $39.99 per device.

The hot spot for each computer is a one-time fee of $129.99 for each computer. The police department requires four hot spots for a total cost of $519.96.

In other business at Wednesday’s council meeting, borough administrator Joe Sporer updated council about paving work that is planned in relation to a water leak on Prospect Avenue in Franklin last summer.

The Franklin General Authority and the borough will split the $35,553 cost plus the cost of advertisement, which Sporer did not have as of Thursday. So the cost will be about $18,000 for both entities.

The borough has approved a bid from IA Construction of Franklin for the paving subject to the General Authority’s approval at its meeting next week.

The paving would have to be done on or before Sept. 15.