Commuter security plan moves forward
BY BOB OKON email@example.com September 18, 2013 9:22PM
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:44AM
The Joliet City Council has advanced plans for enhanced security at the future transportation center downtown.
Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved a $272,300 contract with Tower Contracting, of Markham, to build out a room at Union Station that will be used to house monitors and other technology linked to security cameras at parking lots and buildings at the Joliet Gateway Center.
Councilwoman Jan Quillman said plans for fiber optics and cameras at the planned center will be reviewed soon by the council’s communication, technology and information systems committee.
The additional cameras will give the city more extensive video surveillance of the transportation center than what exists now.
Joliet plans a public transportation complex that will include more parking, a new train station and a bus station in the area around Union Station. The $43.4 million project is being financed largely through a $32 million state grant.
In other council business this week, Mayor Thomas Giarrante told the council that the first meetings of the newly formed economic development committee will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and Nov. 5.
Council members also approved a liquor license for Loco’s Mexican Restaurant, which is in the space at 1121 Essington Road that was vacated this year when Friacos Mexican Restaurant moved to Illinois 59 and Theodore Street.