By Peg McRoy Glover
The Avon Town Council met July 8 and approved a police department purchase of 35 body cameras as well as confirming an economic development area along Ronald Reagan Parkway.
Avon Police Chief Brian Nugent answered questions the council had about purchasing new body cameras for the police department and requested purchase approval.
In 2015 the police department implemented an in-car camera platform designed to support the future integration of body cameras. In 2020 the department purchased one body camera from Watchguard Video as a test. The performance and dependability of this camera has proven solid over the last 14 months, Nugent said, and the department wants to purchase more for all of its officers and detectives. The council approved the $120,151 expenditure, which includes 35 cameras, cables, equipment, installation, the server and a five-year warranty.
The council also confirmed the designation of an economic development area in Avon Landing. They approved a 10-year tax abatement for VTRE Development for the three buildings they are constructing on that property.
The three buildings that VTRE is constructing in Avon Landing along Ronald Reagan Parkway, south of County Road 300 North and west of County Road 900 East, will be for distribution and logistics use. The council adopted the resolution that declared this an economic development area at the June 10 meeting.