Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover
Avon City Council met on November 18 at Avon Town Hall. See the meeting on the city’s Facebook page and YouTube. The next scheduled meeting is November 4 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 6570 EUS 36.
What happened: Deputy Chief Brian Nugent provided an overview of a new program called AWARE that the Police Department has developed over the past year. This program is designed to enhance and defuse interactions between the police service and people with cognitive disabilities.
What does that mean: Nugent described this as a simple program where stickers with the AWARE logo can be displayed on vehicles and homes of people with dementia. This will give first responders an indicator that they may be about to interact with someone with autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, diabetes, hypoglycemia, PTSD, injury traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, schizophrenia, or any condition recommended by a physician. AWARE is free to all families and Hendricks County Police, Fire and Emergency Departments. For more information, visit http://awareprogram.info.
What happened: Council approved a contract with Precision Concrete Cutting to correct sidewalk tripping hazards in the neighborhoods of Stonemill, Oriole Point and Park Place. This is a continuation of the 2015 plan based on a city assessment of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What does that mean: In 2015, $ 2.6 million in sidewalk and curb repairs were identified. The public works department prioritizes neighborhoods to be repaired each year based on site assessments and complaints. This year, Stonemill, Oriole Point and Parks Place are marked for repairs. Precision Concrete has identified 716 tripping hazards in these neighborhoods and provided a proposal of $ 40,000 for the work.
What happened: Council approved the $ 27,000 purchase and installation of a non-invasive Road Weather Information System (RWIS) from The Hoosier Company. A sensor calculates snow and icy conditions and provides this information to public works to help determine potential actions needed for road safety.
What does that mean: This is a pilot program that can be extended to different quadrants across the city. The RWIS sensor will be hardwired and mounted on a light pole on 200N and 900E county roads. A similar sensor is installed in the structure of the Avon Avenue bridge. Council said RWIS has proven invaluable in determining the need for snow and ice removal.
What happened: Lawrence M. Moon, COO of Republic Development, based in Toledo, Ohio, gave a presentation on a unit development project called Easton Gray. This proposed 487-acre development is located north of US 36, south of County Road 100 N, east of County Road 500 E and west of White Lick Creek.
what is that means: The Republic submitted a PUD rezoning request for this land in October. This rezoning request was to be heard before the planning committee the week of November 22. This presentation gives the council an overview of the state of play of the Republic in this process. If this development comes to fruition, Easton Gray will have several neighborhoods connected to an area called the Riverwalk District which will include retail, entertainment, civic and residential structures.