BRAWLEY — The Brawley City Council voted to approve the purchase of eight Flock Safety License Plate Recognition Cameras and 24-month software support for the Brawley Police Department. The cost of the cameras is $32,000 and is be fully reimbursed by Homeland Security Investigations.

The Brawley Police Department currently participates in the Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) program that is in place in Imperial County. The program includes two speed/message trailers and 47 ALPR cameras deployed on patrol vehicles throughout the county. 

So far, the program has been very successful. Stolen vehicles have been recovered, 40 criminal arrests, and valuable information has been acquired from this technology. 

The new stationary cameras will expand on the success of the vehicle cameras according to Brawley Police Chief Robert Sawyer.

The council also voted to approve extension of the contract with the Humane Society of Imperial County at $72,000 per year. This is a $1,000 increase over the current rate because of the volume of animals that are sent to the Humane Society. 

According to City Manager Rosanna Moore, Animal Control picks up 20 dogs per month. No cats are picked up due to their large numbers and the Humane Society does not have the room to house cats unless they are a danger to the public.

The council then passed a resolution, Balanced Energy Solutions and Local Choice, to protect the interests of citizens choices in preferred energy solutions for their homes and businesses.

A number of state agencies are proposing new legislation and regulations that could eliminate energy choices and mandate fully electric homes to attain reductions in greenhouse gases. These mandates eliminate local control and customer choice, which suppress innovation and unnecessarily increase costs for homes and businesses. 

The resolution allows other energy options to be used, following state guidelines, to help reduce emissions while powering buildings and fuel vehicles. 

The Brawley City Council will go dark in August. However, if a special meeting is to be called, August 20 has been set aside for it.

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