Avon Town Council approves contract engineering services, receives grant

Compiled by Peg McRoy Glover

The Avon Town Council met Dec. 2 at Avon Town Hall. Meetings can be viewed on the town’s Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter. The council meets on the second and fourth Thursdays each month, 6570 E. U.S. 36. The next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 

What happened: Three engineering companies were approved for on-call engineering services to Avon: Etica Group, Banning Engineering and Crossroads Detailing. These organizations will be paid on an hourly basis as needed. 

What this means:  Etica is an Indianapolis architectural, engineering, surveying and construction inspection firm.  Banning Engineering, based in Plainfield, is a civil engineering and survey firm. Banning specifically noted to the town that the drainage, surveying and inspection services are the areas they can best serve Avon. Crossroads Detailing is an engineering services company located in Avon. These contracts are reviewed annually, but every three years the town opens it up for proposal so that any engineering firm can bid for an oncall contract with the town.

What happened: The Hendricks County Recycling District awarded Avon a $1,550 grant to purchase three benches built from recycled plastic to put along White Lick Creek Trail.  The town has 24 months to purchase these benches.  

What this means: Avon applied for a $5,000 grant but was awarded $1,550. Avon can apply for this grant twice a year.

What happened: The council approved Avon’s participation in a national opioid settlement, in the event a settlement comes to fruition. A couple of class action suits have consolidated against some manufacturers and distributors of opioid pharmaceuticals. A proposal has been made that combines state and local governments into one settlement. 

What this means: As a participant in this proposal, Avon agrees not to independently seek litigation against these companies. Avon also agrees, in the event there is a settlement, that this money will be utilized in the places where the opioid epidemic is most affected, such as the police department.