Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover
The Avon Town Council met Nov. 18 at Avon Town Hall. View the meeting on the town’s Facebook page and YouTube. The next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at town hall, 6570 E. U.S. 36.
What happened: Deputy Chief Brian Nugent, presented an overview of a new program called AWARE that the police department developed during the past year. This program is designed to improve and deescalate interactions between the police department and individuals with a cognitive impairment.
What this means: Nugent described this as a simple program where stickers with the AWARE logo can be displayed on vehicles and homes of individuals with a cognitive disorder. 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, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, schizophrenia or any condition recommended by a physician. AWARE is free to all families and police, fire, and EMS departments in Hendricks County. For more information visit http://awareprogram.info.
What happened: Council approved a contract with Precision Concrete Cutting to fix sidewalk trip hazards in the Stonemill, Oriole Point and Park Place neighborhoods. This is a continuation of the 2015 plan based on a town evaluation regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What this means: In 2015, $2.6 million worth of repairs to sidewalks and curbs were identified. The department of public works prioritizes neighborhoods annually for repair based on site evaluations and complaints. This year Stonemill, Oriole Point and Parks Place are marked for repairs. Precision Concrete identified 716 trip 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 noninvasive road weather information system (RWIS) from The Hoosier Company. A sensor calculates snow and ice pavement conditions and provides that information to public works to help determine potential action needed for road safety.
What this means: This is a pilot program that may be expanded to different quadrants throughout the town. RWIS’ sensor will be hardwired and mounted on a light pole at county roads 200 N and 900 E. A similar sensor is installed in the Avon Avenue bridge structure. Council said RWIS has proven invaluable in determining the need for snow and ice removal.
What happened: Lawrence M. Moon, chief operating officer of Toledo, Ohio-based Republic Development, gave a presentation about a planned unit development called Easton Grey. This proposed development on 487 acres is located north of U.S. 36, south of County Road 100 N, east of County Road 500 E and west of White Lick Creek.
What this means: Republic filed an application for a PUD rezoning of this land in October. That rezoning request was scheduled to be heard before the plan commission the week of Nov. 22. This presentation gives the council an overview of where Republic is with this process. If this development comes to fruition, Easton Grey will have multiple neighborhoods that connect with an area called the Riverwalk District that will include retail, entertainment, civic and residential structures.