The automated license plate readers are high-speed, computer-controlled camera systems that are typically mounted on street poles, streetlights and highway overpasses.
The Ripon City Council approved the installation of 11 such license plate readers at various entrances into town, including the Caltrans off-ramps along Highway 99 at Tuesday’s meeting.
The electrical engineering design services of HCS Engineering, Inc. will handle the task at hand. This includes doing a power source analysis, design drawings, and assistance, if necessary, during construction.
“To date, four license plate readers have been installed and the remaining readers cannot be installed until we obtain an encroachment permit from Caltrans,” said Dan Brannon, who is the city’s Information Systems Technician.
In his report to elected leaders, he added: “Staff has proposed these readers be located on existing Caltrans poles that are within (the Caltrans) right of way – Caltrans has requested the City encroachment permit application include an electrical design showing how these cameras will be powered.”
The service agreement with HCS Engineering will be paid via the general fund, not exceeding $9,200.
The license plate readers could be in operation by May, according to staff.