RIDGELAND - The Ridgeland Police Department and Reservoir Patrol are teaming up to make Spillway Road a little bit safer for commuters under a new memorandum of understanding between the the city and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

Aldermen agreed to allow RPD to place what Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal called “ID machines” and traffic control cameras on the traffic signals where Lake Harbour Drive and Spillway Road meet at the Harbor Pines Mobile Home community.

Neal said that the equipment will primarily monitor traffic inbound from the Spillway.

The equipment is already in place, but the MOU outlines the cooperative agreement by which each agency will provide for the placement, funding and maintenance of the traffic camera equipment.

The agreement is aimed at furthering both agencies' joint interest in “reducing crime and terrorism” in the area, specifically the city of Ridgeland and Madison County and the Ross Barnett Reservoir, through a “coordinated network of traffic camera equipment.”

The two law enforcement agencies will share data collected by their equipment through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Traffic Equipment Server.

In other action, the board:

• Declared surplus property for RPD. There were two items on the list, a 2014 Dodge Durango and a whirlpool refrigerator. 

• Approved a budget transfer for RPD in the amount of $250 to re-stripe a police cruiser with decals.

• Approved a budget amendment for the fire department for air bottles at a reduced price.