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Upper Makefield will install license recognition cameras at busy corner


Upper Makefield plans to install automatic license plate recognition cameras at a busy intersection in the township.

At a public meeting on Aug. 20, the board of supervisors voted to place the cameras at the intersection of Taylorsville Road and Route 532. Supervisor Mike Tierney dissented, voting against putting in the cameras.

David Nyman, Upper Makefield’s township manager, said the cameras will cost $6,000 per year for five years. Money for the technology is coming from Upper Makefield’s Emergency Services Fund.

The cameras will serve as a tool for the township’s police department.

“The cameras are intended to help with criminal investigations and tserve as a deterrent to crime,” Nyman told the Herald.

The township manager said the plan is to install the cameras as soon as possible.

In other news, Upper Makefield is looking to renovate the municipal building at 1076 Eagle Road, which houses the offices of township administration officials and related departments.

At the Aug. 20 meeting, supervisors authorized the administration to proceed with soliciting bids from contractors.

On Sept. 19, officials aim to open bids from contractors interested in performing the work.

“We’re basically looking at a renovation of the building interior, which is 35 years old,” said Nyman. “Security is the driving factor … but efficiency upgrades are drastically needed, too.”