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The group will also vote on issues related to police, fire equipment

The Roswell City Council Finance Committee will review capital projects for inclusion in the city’s infrastructure improvement plan to be submitted to the state for possible legislative funding.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Great Conference Room at City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Committee members will review projects from the Roswell Convention Center, Department of Public Affairs, and Department of Information Technology for inclusion in the ICIP list. Cities, counties, special districts, and school boards are required to submit a five-year capital project plan to the state each year. Each of the city council’s five standing committees will recommend projects to the full council.

Some of the projects the finance committee will consider for the convention center include lighting, fencing and signage, kitchen upgrades, emergency generators and a catering van to transport food to events in d other city facilities.

Projects within the public affairs department include improvements to the visitor center such as a new sign, storage, center expansion, tourist bus or cart, video production studio, and construction of a tourism office.

The committee will also vote on its recommendation to ratify the purchase of 75 new body cameras for the Roswell Police Department. This purchase was also reviewed by the Public Safety Committee in June.

Roswell Police Chief Phil Smith told the committee the cameras were to replace cameras and equipment that had become unreliable. Many cameras were unable to connect to the docking station which downloads video and charges the cameras, with only 22 able to connect at the time of the June meeting, he said.

The new cameras, which were received in June and were expected to go live shortly thereafter, are from Axon Enterprises, with whom the city had a prior contract for body cameras. This will allow easier access to archived body cam video. The five-year contract is for $426,000.

Also on the agenda is a resolution that would authorize Deputy City Manager Mike Mathews to represent the city in the execution of a lease-to-own agreement for four new $2.5 million fire trucks, or $310,700 per year for 10 years.

Mathews reported to the Public Safety Committee last month that the trucks will replace four older engines that cost the city more than $100,000 to maintain. Two trucks will also be put on standby.

Standard stock trucks will be purchased from Siddons Martin Emergency Group through the State Fire Fund. Two will be available in August and two in September. Mathews told the Public Safety Committee meeting that custom ordering a truck could take up to two years.

The Public Safety Committee voted to recommend approval of both purchases at its June meeting.

The Finance Committee will also consider their recommendation for a resolution authorizing the disposal of surplus property and the purchase of a new grapple truck at a cost of $223,997 to replace the one damaged in a rollover in May.

The public can participate in Thursday’s meeting via GoToMeeting by computer, tablet or smartphone at global.gotomeeting.com/join/822397005 or by telephone by dialing 669-224-3412 and using the access code 822-397-005.