Security dominates airport meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BERRYVILLE -- A security system that can monitor aircraft arrivals, deer crossings and other activity at the county airport was considered when members of the Carroll County Airport Commission met last Thursday.

With a new terminal building in place that features aviation related art and memorabilia, plus a model airplane collection and more artwork on its way, commissioners decided to look into the cost of a security system.

The airport currently has a bare-bones hard-wire system designed for the do-it-yourself homeowner with two cameras and a monitor.

Will Coleman, with ADT, was at the meeting to offer several security packages for the commission to consider.

The least expensive would run $654 for installation and $35.99 month for monitoring and service.

The higher-end system, known as the "Pulse," is a burglary and surveillance system to cover the building and grounds with multiple exterior zoom-lens cameras that can be monitored real-time via computer or smartphone. Coleman quoted $3,242 for the installation and $57.99 a month but said cost savings were possible depending on when the commissioners signed a contract.

Commission Chairman Dave Teigen said he liked the option of runway surveillance so they could get an accurate airplane count, especially on weekends.

The commissioners decided to take the matter under advisement.

Some of the artwork already at the airport includes aviation related art and airplane models donated by Paisley Livingston and Ron Flake, a Vietnam-era helicopter helmet from Mark Mallett and a coffee table aviation book from Owen Kelly.

A private collection of intricate airplane models has been offered, if the commission can come up with appropriate display cases for the collection.

In addition, Eureka Springs artists are planning to host an exhibit there.

The commission is set to met again at noon on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the terminal.

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  • ADT is significantly overpriced for security. Other estimates need to be examined. ADT doesn't know much about cameras but likes to push the "monitor system" which is only as good as the sheriff's dept.

    -- Posted by Mingoe on Thu, Oct 20, 2011, at 6:52 PM
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